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Important reminder!

Product support for Engagement CS is ending on September 30, 2020. See Engagement CS license expiration 2020 - frequently asked questions for more information.

Licenses for Payroll CS, Trial Balance CS, and Write-Up CS permanently expired on March 1, 2017.

Some processes documented in the Help & How-To Center are no longer applicable, due to the discontinuation of Creative Solutions Accounting.

The following procedures explain how to work with the Layout Editor to define how your text and data variables will display on your checks or payroll forms when you print them.

Selecting objects (text, variables, or graphic elements)

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Inserting text

  1. From the Insert menu, choose Text.
  2. In the Insert Text dialog, enter the text you want to insert.
  3. Click the OK button or press ENTER.
  4. Move the cursor to the position on the layout where you want to place the text and then click the left mouse button to paste it onto the layout.
  5. If necessary, you can thenselect the text and drag it to a new location, or use the toolbar buttons to align or re-position the text.

Note:If you print a layout using a pre-printed paper type, text variables display when previewed, but will not print on the form.

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Inserting variables

  1. From the Insert menu, choose Variable.
  2. In the Insert Variable dialog, choose the type of variable that you want to insert and then click the variable name to highlight it. Note that you can only select one variable at a time.
  3. Click the left mouse button at the position in the layout where you want to place the selected variable.
  4. If necessary, you can thenselect the variable and drag it to a new location.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 as necessary and then click the Close button to dismiss the Insert Variable dialog.

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Resizing an object

  1. Click the object to select it.
  2. Drag one of the sizing handles to change the size of the object.
    • Sizing handles at the top and sides of the object change the horizontal or vertical size.
    • Sizing handles at the corners of the object change both the horizontal and the vertical size.

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Aligning text, variables, or other objects

  1. Select the objects you want to align.
  2. Make sure the correctdominant object is selected. The last object you select is the dominant object, and the final position of the group of objects depends on the position of the dominant object.
  3. From the Format menu, choose Align Elements and then choose Left, Right, Top, or Bottom.

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Making the spacing between objects even

  1. Select the object you want to rearrange.
  2. From the Format menu, choose Space Evenly and then choose one of the following spacing alignments:
    • Across: Spaces the objects evenly between the left-most and the right-most object selected.
    • Down: Spaces the objects evenly between the top-most and the bottom-most objects selected.

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