Line Alternates

What does it do?

Add multiple versions of any line into the document, so that you don’t have to lose formatting by adding it to a comment, or delete other versions of the line before you’ve decided on a winning version. 


Line Alternate Shortcuts

Functions for line alternates are located under Tools > Line Alternates, but the power is really in the shortcuts

  • Create a line alternate or show/hide an existing alternate: Alt/Opt + Enter/Return
  • Show/hide all line alternates in the document at once: Shift + Alt/Opt + Enter/Return 
  • Make the highlighted alternate line the primary choice for that line (switching the actual line to an alternate line): Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Opt + Enter/Return 

Create a Line Alternate

  1. Press Alt/Opt + Enter/Return
    1. A copy of the existing line will be created with the text in italics and a broken parenthesis on the left of the line.
    2. If you are creating a second or greater line alternate, use the Tools menu to create it. 

OR

  1. Select Tools > Line Alternates > Create Line Alternate
    1. A copy of the existing line will be created with the text in italics and a broken parenthesis on the left of the line.
Line Alternate


Show/Hide Line Alternates for a Single Line

  1. Press Alt/Opt + Enter/Return
    1. A line with a hidden existing alternate will display with a gray line beneath it. 

OR

  1. Select Tools > Line Alternates > Toggle Current Line Alternate
    1. A line with a hidden existing alternate will display with a gray line beneath it. 
Hidden Line Alternate


Show/Hide ALL Line Alternate for the Full Document

  1. Press Shift + Alt/Opt + Enter/Return 

OR

  1. Select Tools > Line Alternates > View All Line Alternates


Switch Current Line and Alternate Line

  1. Place the cursor in the alternate line.
  2. Press Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Opt + Enter/Return 
    1. The alternate line will become the main line and the current line will become an alternate line.

OR

  1. Place the cursor in the alternate line
  2. Select Tools > Line Alternates > Make Line the Default Alternate
    1. The alternate line will become the main line and the current line will become an alternate line.

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