Top Ten FrameMaker Tips – Part 1

8. Selectively Apply Change Bars

Gain exact control on what you want to mark with change bars–especially when you are proofing the source. Instead of turning the change bars on:
  • Select the text you want to mark, and then press Ctrl+Shift+H to apply change bars.
  • To remove the change bar applied, select the character, word, sentence, or paragraph and then press Ctrl+Shift+H again.
9. Capture Screenshots On The Fly
Launch RoboScreenCapture to quickly capture screenshots, add callouts, or manipulate images directly in the content.
  • Select File > Launch RoboScreenCapture.
(This feature is available only in the FrameMaker edition bundled with the Adobe Technical Communication Suite)

10. Get The Workspace That Suits Your Work

Select a suitable workspace from the top right corner of the title bar to load all the relevant pods and panels automatically.

For example, use the Manage Content workspace when you are editing
the document and fixing cross-references and variables.
For more information, see

4 Responses

  • There is a list of shortcuts for FrameMaker, Captivate, RoboHelp and Acrobat over on my blog:

  • Good post.I would like to know if there is any feature in FM by which we can edit the text specified in a screenshot or an image. Please note I am not talking about the call-outs.

  • Thanks for your comments, Colum and Andrew.Andrew: I do not think one can directly manipulate text inside an image using FrameMaker. You may want to use Photoshop or Illustrator for that purpose.

  • Hello – I have an Adobe FM/PDF doc with quite a few change bars. It’s a huge document (criterion of hugeness – less time before the release! 🙂
    Is there a way to navigate the change bars without scrolling through the entire chapter. Ideally, I am looking for a Find (Ctrl + F) functionality that can pinpoint the changed text (indicated by change bars) one after the other; just a click of a button is what might be required..
    Please mark the response to my official id, as well. Thanks.

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