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Do you understand how to edit a text capsule?

Updated on May 30, 2015

Text capsule

How to edit the text capsule in HubPages
How to edit the text capsule in HubPages | Source

Text capsule in edit mode:

Starting at the top, there is a thin blank box for you to type the subtitle name for the text capsule. (Above you can see that I used "Text capsule in the edit mode:" as the subtitle for this capsule.) Below that, there is a larger blank box for you to type text in the capsule. In this larger space you type your text words for the capsule. In between the subtitle and the content of the capsule is a gray line showing letters and symbols.

The gray line with the letters, words and symbols is what this Hub is about on the whole. I will explain what each graphic image means and show you sample image of a few.

First nine icons:

The first one is easy to read. It is 'HTML' - you may not know how to use HTML, or you may not want to. If you do know how to write in HTML you can use it in your capsule but there are rules about how much that can be used in HP. A second window shows up for you to type the HTML into. When you are done - or if you want to go back and forth - you click 'Save' on the HTML box and you go back to your regular capsule. If you want to return you simply click on HTML again.

The second symbol is a pair of scissors which simply means to ‘Cut’ a word or words after you highlight the word(s). Next there are what I would guess are two sheets of paper with folded corners. Click on this image and it means to ‘Copy’. Next is a clipboard and what this symbolizes is that what you just cut and copied you will now be ‘Pasted’. That means what was at point 'A' is gone from there and will now show up at point 'B'.

To the immediate right of that is a capital ‘B’ which means that after you highlight a letter, word, etc. Then when you click on the ‘B’ it makes the highlighted section come out Bold. Next to the 'B' is a capital ‘I’. After you highlight letter(s), word(s), click the 'I' and the highlighted area it becomes 'Italicized’. After the ‘I’ there is a capital ‘U’ – you need to highlight a letter(s), word or group of words, click on the ’U’ and the part will become ‘Underlined’.

Following those is an ABC with a checkmark beneath the ABC. This is a Spell Checker for the text which you have written in your capsule, but it does not check the grammar, punctuation.

Then you will see a pair of double quote marks. What these do when you click on them is when you write a quote from someone and click on this box, the quote which you typed will be indented. Or you can type the SHIFT+double quote key on your keyboard (left of enter) and indent by yourself 9 or 10 spaces. Do not forget to hit the quote key again at the end of the quote.

Header size samples

English: Graphic used for TransViz documentation, literature, handouts, etc. showing header sizes
English: Graphic used for TransViz documentation, literature, handouts, etc. showing header sizes | Source

Paragraph box:

Following the quote marks there is a rectangular box with the word ‘Paragraph’ in it. Paragraph is what is usually showing. What you are reading in the Hub is a Paragraph.

At the end of that word is a small arrow which points down. Click on that and you see ‘Heading 2’, ‘Heading 3’, ‘Heading 4’, and ‘Preformatted’.


First we will go to the headings. You are reading the normal type, you can compare it to the headings shown below:

This is what Heading 2 looks like;

this is what Heading 3 looks like;

and this is what Heading 4 looks like.

The word ‘Paragraph’ shows when you are typing a regular paragraph. In other words, you need to make sure that ‘Paragraph’ is showing again in the box after you are done with the heading. Also, and this is important, make sure that what you want in the heading size is the only text typed on that line.

When you are typing a heading for your paragraph you have a choice of size. You can leave the letters normal size and just make them Bold. Or you can choose between ‘Heading’ sizes 2, 3, or 4. You can experiment to see which size you want and then you can click on that size so that it shows in the box until you are done with the heading. Then you should switch it back to paragraph for normal use.


Finally there is ‘Preformatted’. This looks the same size as the normal Paragraph size lettering in the capsule, but the difference is that ‘Preformatted’ indents slightly compared to normal and after you click on Save it shows up smaller than regular size text. If you cannot figure out why your paragraphs are not even with the edge, click on ‘Paragraph’.

This shows what preformatted looks like - except for the size. It writes a normal paragraph but the only difference is that it indents the beginning entire paragraph slightly. Plus, as you can see after you click Save, it allows the sentences to end in a certain place. Which means that you have to watch your words  carefully for words which are hyphenated in the wrong area. You can see  when you look  carefully at the end of the  sentences which words are messed up. What you can do is add an extra 'space' between a word, or words, and hyphenating a word properly until it comes out cor-rect.

Bulleted lists

Example of 'bulleted lists' on OfficeLibre
Example of 'bulleted lists' on OfficeLibre | Source

Lists your items in order:

If you have a list of items which you want to show your readers in a certain order then the next two icons will do that.

The first one shows a list of items or instructions/directions headed by numbers.

Say that you are a cook:

  1. Mix in flour and sugar
  2. Pour in water
  3. Stir slowly

The next one is still for making lists but in a different way. Each item is headed by what is called a ‘bullet’.

Let us pretend that we are reading ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Flour
  • Honey

The numbers and bullets are easy to use but just do not overuse them. They are for when you have a certain type of list or instructions that need to be shown in a special order. They are not used all of the time - or just for fun either.

Curved arrow:

After the previous list icons, you will see what may seem to you like a U-turn arrow. The correct name for this is ‘Undo’. What it does is when you type text into your capsule but decide that you do not want it, if you click ‘Undo’, what you just typed will disappear. (Personally, I prefer to carefully press, or type on, the backspace button on the keyboard so that I can avoid erasing too much.)

I know that horseshoe!

In reality it is not a horseshoe. Some of you may be familiar with it as the Omega sign but what this image really means on this bar is ‘Insert Special Character’. When you click on this you will see a second box appear which is filled with symbols, letters and numbers. When you move your computer mouse above a specific one, you will see a slightly enlarged version of it in a box at the upper right and immediately below that box is what the special character means.

If you see a character which you want then you click on the tiny square which the character is in and it appears where you would have been typing the next word in the capsule. If you want to move it to another spot just cut and paste it.

Sample of URL



There is what looks like an ‘eight’ on its side, ∞. This is a ‘link’. First you must highlight a word, number or phrase. Then you click on the link, ‘∞’, and a box comes up showing a space up top where you must place the URL of the site to which you are linking. When you are done you click 'Save' and you are back in the ‘Edit’ box and your link (text in the capsule) becomes purple (or blue).

Next to that is a link ‘∞’ which is broken. Double click on whatever you previously highlighted, then click on the broken link and it clears or ‘unlinks’ whatever you highlighted which was linked and the text letters and it will become black again. This shows that it is a regular word and not a link anymore.

In case you are not familiar with a URL here is a quick explanation. In your toolbar (across the top of your screen) it tells you who you are with. This changes every time you change windows or tabs. There is a photo included to give you a brief idea. For instance, in this Hub the URL is: Look up until you see the words which match this and this is your toolbar.

Subscript and superscript:

Superscript (x2); the letters or numbers are minimized and written above the baseline (as in referral links, 1st, 2nd, Coke™; (or certain science, math, chemicals…).

Subscript (x2); the letters or numbers are minimized and written below the baseline (as in the '2' in oxygen H2O; or (other science, math, chemicals…).

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For those interested in learning about the other capsules you may want to read this, Understand the Capsules.

Even if you have written for HP this may help you with some things, read it and find out, Make a Hub Page.

Anyone interested in the difference between the Hub score and the Hubber score then this is for you to read, Hub Score and Hubber Score.

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    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      You are welcome. I am glad that I was helpful.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      You are welcome. I am glad that I could help you. When I wrote this I saw so many asking each other about items in this area so I thought that it would help newcomers plus anyone else that needed it.

      Have a nice night. :-)


    • ReviewsfromSandy profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for explaining this about the text capsule. I don't think that I have fully used everything available in it.

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      Emily Tack 

      5 years ago from USA

      I would like to see examples of the special characters that come up, when one clicks on the "Omega" symbol. I know what they are, but it might be helpful to have the visual.

      Great advice here, especially for those who are either just coming to HubPages from another site, or those who are completely unfamiliar with the symbols in the text capsules. Glad I read it!

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      I am curious and I am always trying to learn. I hope that you have a nice day too. :)


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      6 years ago from Wales

      There is always something to learn and keep hubs like this one going Kevin.

      Enjoy your day.


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      Thank you again Eiddwen. I figured that this would assist the newbies but it is a surprise that it helps someone with your experience.


    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Kevin and this hub will benefit so many myself included.

      Thank you once again and here's to wishing you a great day.


    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much, and you are welcome. If it helped you then really I hope that it helps the newbies too.


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      Eric Calderwood 

      6 years ago from USA

      This information will be useful to those who are new to HubPages. I've been here for quite some time and found several items that I did not understand. Thank you.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      You are welcome Mahfoudh and welcome to HubPages.. I hope that it helps you write many Hubs. Good writing and Happy 2014!

    • Mahfoudh Muhammed profile image

      Mahfoudh Muhammed Bouboutt 

      6 years ago from Nouakchott

      Thank you for taking time to teach us more about the basic tools here, something any newbie, like me, can find very useful.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      I thought some people might be wondering about these, I sure was. I was curious so I tried some, others I knew from other software. You are welcome for the article, thank you for stopping by. :-)

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I have waited for a hub that would explain all these buttons and symbols. Thank you so much for writing this informative article.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much Deb. I had hoped that it would be helpful. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I am glad that you did this hub. I didn't know what some of these items were.

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      Thank you very much Pearl. I am glad that it was so helpful to you and I greatly appreciate your compliment. :-)

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      This was very useful! Now I know what sub- and superscript are, as well as that crazy symbol for symbols! Excellent and very thoroughly detailed explanations I am sure a lot of people will use for many years to come.

      Well done ;) Pearl

    • The Examiner-1 profile imageAUTHOR

      The Examiner-1 

      6 years ago

      You are welcome Organised Kaos. I am glad that I could help. :-)

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      6 years ago from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS)

      Ahhh so that's what that subscript symbol meant.

      Thanks, good work!


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