Form Design - Form Defaults

For many boxes all their settings can be set independently and explicitly. The main exceptions to this are the individual ancestor cells that make up the ancestors box within a pedigree or trial mating. For further information see Form Design - Ancestors.

Often, however, you will want to make consistent changes that apply to groups of boxes such as all the header boxes, or to an entire form. E.g. to set all header boxes to have the same non-white background colour, or to change the font face for the whole form.

To avoid having to make the same, repeated, changes to lots of boxes, the box settings are arranged according to a hierarchical grouping structure. Most settings for any given box are worked out automatically, usually by 'inheriting' them from their parent group.

At the base of this settings hierarchy is a set of default values known as the Form Defaults. In many cases, the best way to effect a change that applies to the whole form is to alter the form defaults: just right-click (Mac: use Control + Click) over any part of the displayed form and select the form defaults option from the popup menu.

E.g. the Title box in a pedigree inherits its border style, by default, from the 'Header' settings. But likewise so do the Logo box and Photo boxes. So, you can change the border style for all boxes in the header by changing the border style in the Header Settings window (right-click (Mac: use Control + Click) over the pedigree and select Header Settings from the popup menu).

The following table shows the grouping structure.

Group/Box Property Automatic Value
Form Defaults Padding 0.1 inches all round
Border Color Black
Fill Style None
Fill Color Transparent
Font Face System Default
Font Size 11pt
Box Gap 0.1 inches all round
Text Color Black
Text Alignment Horizontally centered, vertically middle
Form Background Padding None
Border Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Style None
Fill Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Face Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Size Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Alignment Horizontally centered, vertically middle
Text Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Photo Position Bleed, 100%, centered
Header Group Padding Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Style Medium rounded solid line, 0.01 inch thickness
Fill Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Face Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Size Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Alignment Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Logo Box
Right Logo Box
Animal Photo Box
Pedigree Signature
Sire/Dam Photo Box
Padding Inherits from Header Group
Border Color Inherits from Header Group
Border Style Inherits from Header Group
Fill Style Inherits from Header Group
Fill Color Inherits from Header Group
Font Face Inherits from Header Group
Font Size Inherits from Header Group, but made 40% larger
Text Alignment Inherits from Header Group
Text Color Inherits from Header Group
Photo Position Bleed, 100%, centered
Pedigree Title Box
Trial Mating Title Box
Padding Inherits from Header Group
Border Color Inherits from Header Group
Border Style Inherits from Header Group
Fill Style Inherits from Header Group
Fill Color Inherits from Header Group
Font Face Inherits from Header Group
Font Size Inherits from Header Group, but made 60% larger
Text Alignment Inherits from Header Group
Text Color Inherits from Header Group
Photo Position None
Ancestors Box Padding None
Border Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Style None
Fill Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Face Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Size Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Alignment Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Photo Position Bleed, 100%, centered
Cover Sheet Inside Flap
Cover Sheet Reverse
Padding None
Border Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Style Medium rounded solid line, 0.01 inch thickness
Fill Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Face Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Size Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Alignment Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Photo Position None
Cover Sheet Title Padding Inherits from Header Group
Border Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Border Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Style Inherits from Form Defaults
Fill Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Face Inherits from Form Defaults
Font Size Inherits from Form Defaults, but made 60% larger
Text Alignment Inherits from Form Defaults
Text Color Inherits from Form Defaults
Photo Position None

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