FM - Can you put spacing in between a field's text baseline and the text?

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Can you put spacing in between a field's text baseline and the text?  The text prints out right on top of the baseline and looks bad.  I would like a little space in between the text baseline, which I'm using as an underline and the text.  Tried the line spacing settings, but that didn't work.  Otherwise, I'm going to have to turn text baseline off and just manually add a line segment.
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However, the problem with a line that I just noticed is that you cannot put conditional formatting on it.
Will LovingPresident, Dedication Technologies, Inc.

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"Baseline", both in fontography and FileMaker, means the line the text sits on, so no, I don't think there is any way to move it off that line. You're options will likely be using underline format or creating a grid of lines and making sure the line spacing lines up. I suppose it's possible that you could find or make (using Fontographer or similar app) a font that rides above the baseline, but you would have to make sure everyone had that custom font on their machine...

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How do you handle printing Recs from Filemaker that look like a Word doc and has some fields that you want to print out with an underline?  Do you use lines or will the underline feature do what I want?
President, Dedication Technologies, Inc.
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You use Merge fields in layout mode in a text block and apply the formatting to the Merge Field within the block of text. For example:

Dear <<NameFirst>>,

Thanks for your donation of $<<GiftAmount>> to our <<CampaignYear>> Annual Appeal at the <<CampaignEvent>> fundraiser.

I've applied underline formatting to the GiftAmount field and used it as a merge field within the text. When it prints it will have the underline under whatever the field value is. To insert any field as a Merge field on a layout, go into Layout Mode and choose Insert > Merge Field... to insert the field by name (which is just the actual field name surrounded by double chevron brackets).

If you are using FileMaker 11 or 12 you can also use $$ global variables for Merge, for example:

Dear <<$$NextName>>

See also this knowledgebase article on using Merge fields:
http://www.filemaker.com/help/html/create_layout.9.23.html

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Very cool.  Looking into this.  Thanks.

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