Table of Contents
User Guide
Using the Topic Editor
Structured Authoring
The Topic Editor is a structured authoring environment that enables you to edit topics.
Moving an Element Inside a Topic
Move elements in a topic to reorder them.
Copying an Element in a Topic
Copy and paste an element in a topic to a new location in the topic or to a new topic.  
Removing an Element in a Topic
Quickly remove all the content in an element by removing the element itself.
Inserting an Image
Add media to a topic and set its properties.
Inserting a Menu Cascade
Insert a menu cascade to document a sequence of actions.
Inserting a Cross-Reference Link to Another File
Create a direct link between files.
Inserting Character Symbols
Add special characters from the Symbol drop-down menu to your topic.
Using Spell Check
Use the Topic Editor to run a spell check on the content in a topic.
Tables
Tables, Inserting a Table, Merging Cells in a Table, Splitting Cell in a Table
Structured Authoring

The Topic Editor is a structured authoring environment that enables you to edit topics.
The Topic Editor manages the structure of your DITA content as you work, ensuring that it remains valid at all times by preventing you from creating invalid content. The editor shows the currently selected DITA element in gray text to the left of the document.
When inserting an element, easyDITA will position it in the proper location in the DITA structure. Also, the drop down list for Inserting elements will only show elements that can be inserted at the current cursor location.

Likewise, when you remove elements, easyDITA will ask which element you want to remove. In the example below, you can remove the List Item, the Unordered List, or the Body of the DITA document. The flying arrow points to the element you are removing, and it is highlighted in red to confirm this is the element you want to remove.
You can inspect where you are in the DITA XML structure by hovering over the structure status bar at the bottom of the screen. In this example, the List Item is highlighted and the flying arrow connects the text to the structure status bar element.
You can edit DITA properties by clicking Properties in the right margin. This expands the Properties Pane. When you place the cursor in a property field to set an attribute, the arrow connects the attribute to the element in the document pane. In the example below, the Properties Pane displays properties for the selected paragraph.
Moving an Element Inside a Topic

Move elements in a topic to reorder them.
You have a topic open and want to move an element in it to a new location.
  1. Right-click the element you want to move.
  2. Select Move Up or Move Down.

    Expected Result
    Elements that are available to be moved display in the context menu.
  3. Select the element you want to move.
The element is moved to a new location in the topic.
Copying an Element in a Topic

Copy and paste an element in a topic to a new location in the topic or to a new topic.  
You have a topic open and want to duplicate an element and paste it somewhere else.
  1. Right-click anywhere in the element that you want to copy.

    Expected Result
    The context menu displays.
  2. Click Copy and select the element you want to copy to your clipboard.

    Step Information
    Note:Hover over an element in the context menu to highlight its location in the topic.
  3. In the same topic or in a new topic, right-click an element and select Paste.
You pasted your copied element to a new location.
Removing an Element in a Topic

Quickly remove all the content in an element by removing the element itself.
You have a topic open and want to remove an element in it.
  1. Place your cursor in the element you want to remove.
  2. Click the Remove menu.

    Expected Result
    The elements that can be removed are listed.
    Note:Hover over an element in the context menu to highlight its location in the topic.
  3. Select the element you want to remove.
You remove the element from the topic.
Inserting an Image

Add media to a topic and set its properties.
You have a topic open and want to insert an image.
  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert the image.
  2. Click the Image icon in the toolbar.

    Step Information
    Expected Result
    A blank image element is inserted.
  3. Select the image element and click Change.

    Expected Result
    The Select Image window displays.
  4. Do one of the following:

    1. To insert an existing image, navigate to the thumbnail, and then click Select.
    2. To upload and insert a new image, click the Upload a new file icon and then click Select files to upload… to locate the file on your computer. Click Upload. Select the thumbnail and click Select.

      Step Information
  5. (Optional) Select the image and use the Media toolbar to align the image within your document

    Step Information
  6. (Optional) Select the image and click Properties to set the image attributes. 

    Example
    If you’re image is too large, you can set the width to a smaller size. Enter “420px” in the Width field.
    Expected Result
    The Properties Pane displays.
A reference to the image is inserted into your topic. 
Inserting a Menu Cascade

Insert a menu cascade to document a sequence of actions.
You have a topic open and you want to insert a Menu Cascade element.
  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert a Menu Cascade element.
  2. Click Insert -> Menu Cascade.

    Expected Result
    The UI Control element is inserted.
  3. With your cursor in the UI Control element, click Insert -> UI Control.

    Expected Result
    An arrow and UI Control element are inserted.
You inserted a Menu Cascade element that contains two UI Control elements. Use these UI Controls to separate menu items.
Inserting a Cross-Reference Link to Another File

Create a direct link between files.
You have a topic open and want to insert a link to another topic.
  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert a link.
  2. Click the Link button.

    Step Information
    Expected Result
    A XRef Link element is inserted.
  3. Click Edit.

    Expected Result
    The Select Link window displays.
  4. Navigate to and select the file, and then click Select.

    Expected Result
    The link is inserted and the XRef Link placeholder text is replaced with the topic’s file name.
In the current topic, you inserted a direct link to another topic.
Inserting Character Symbols

Add special characters from the Symbol drop-down menu to your topic.
You have a topic open and want to insert a special character.
  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert a symbol.
  2. Click the Symbol menu and select the symbol you want.

    Step Information

The selected symbol is inserted into the topic.
Using Spell Check

Use the Topic Editor to run a spell check on the content in a topic.
You have a topic open and want to check the spelling.
  1. Click the Spell Check icon.

    Step Information

Words that do not match the installed dictionary are indicated with a red underline. Dictionaries for any language can be installed.