Object Properties window

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Each object you work with uses a common layout for its Properties window, so it's easy to find your way around.

To access the window, right-click an object and select Properties from the shortcut menu. The window includes several tabs containing particular settings for that object.

  • Some tabs contain settings that apply to only one output type, while others contain settings that apply to more than one output.

  • Similarly, some tabs are common to more than one type of object, while other tabs are only used for one type of object.

Multiple output example

Object Layout


Title bar shows the name of the object


Each of the tabs hold settings. Select a tab to show the settings.


Shows which output this object will be included in.

The Book object Properties window has 5 tabs:

  • Book Contents: contains the structure of your document. The structure applies to all output types. See Using the Book Contents Toolbar for details of how to work with the structure.

  • General: all objects have a General tab, and its settings are only relevant inside Author-it, not in any of the output types. It tells you things like:

    • The description of the object that will appear within Author-it.

    • The output types which the object will be published in.

    • The object template it is based on.

  • Print: contains settings that apply to your printed Word document output.

  • Help: contains settings that apply to the online Help output types: Windows Help, HTML Help, Java Help, and Oracle Help for Java.

  • Web: contains settings that apply to the HTML-based output types: HTML, XHTML, HTML Help, Java Help, and Oracle Help for Java.

Single output example

The Properties window for some objects may contain only a subset of the tabs. For example, because the Title Page object only applies to printed Word output, it only has a General tab and a Print tab.

Title Page Object