I am a new FM2017 user. I'm editing a document with an existing template and I need to update the value of some of the variables.
Under: Insert->Variables->'Edit' (Chapter Name)->Definition field: <$chaptertitlename>
How do I change the value of this building block? Do I overwrite it with a simple text?
What are you looking to change it to?
Eventually I was able to change the chapter name via
Where I've typed in the new name.
Initially I was trying to type in the new title via:
I found <$chaptertitlename> typed in in the definition field. I didn't want to overwrite it, but I wasn't sure how to assign the new title name to this building block. I still wonder if there's a way to access all the sys variables from a single location...
system ones will just pick up their values automatically - there's no need to set them
I still wonder if there's a way to access all the sys variables from a single location...
You can see all the variables (system and user) and their definitions in the Variables pod when you are on a master page. Use the Pencil button to edit the values. Fm hides certain system variables on body pages.
Same document in both screen shots.
Variables pod on a body page:
Variables pod on a master page:
I guess what I was hoping to achieve through the variables window was to assign a new value to building blocks.
Variable A = Building Block <Chapter Name>
Building Block < Chapter Name> = 'I love biscuits'
I apologize, but I do not understand the question.
Are you trying to define a (user) variable with the value "I love biscuits" that you can add anywhere in the document and easily update globally, or is the chapter name "I love biscuits" and you want to use a (system) variable to locate it for you to put somewhere else, I.e., in a running head?
Yes, I was looking for a way to update the variable globally.
To edit a variable, select it in the Variables pod and then click on the Pencil button (2nd button on the Variables pod toolbar). This opens the Add/Edit Variables pod. You can edit the current definition and then click on Edit.