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Puzzled users who find:
A, that text copied from apps like OO3, Safari, Visio can bring a background color with it,
and B, that OG doesn't seem to know how to set background colors ...
have not always received much help on this forum, which, it has to be said, does give the appearance of receiving a more meagre or reluctant dose of Omni-attention than the other Omni forums.


Chucksense in Feb 2011
Title: Change font background color?
"If I copy text from Safari that has a background color and then paste it into OG, OG keeps this background color on the font and it sits on top of the fill color of the text block. Is there a way to remove this?"

Replies ? 0

masteridiotsavant in Aug 2010
Title: OmniGraffle Pro top annoying things & wish list
"Copy a piece of text that sits on a colored background (let’s say non -white) can’t paste it onto a different colored background bc the colored background will paste with it and there is not way to remove it - no, the “no fill” option doesn’t do it."

Response to this particular issue ? None

xover in 2010
Title:Background color for shape label ?
"I'm wondering, is there a way to set a background color for a shape's label text?
On drawings imported from Visio with an existing label background color they display (well, my solid had turned into a blend, but…), so OmniGraffle certainly supports displaying it. I just haven't found any way to set it."

Replies ? 0

It turns out there was a reply once - in 2009. It came from Joel. To quote the thematic (opening) sentence:
"Well, huh."
This is followed by a workable, though time-consuming, and slightly underwhelming, technical remedy (though it took me a little while to figure out what "ruler accessory view" was - couldn't find the phrase in the manual).

Essentially if you have pasted 100 shapes with text that includes an unwanted background color, you seem to have no option but to fix each shape one by one, with View > Rulers checked, using the Style drop-down on the Ruler, and selecting Default

This is tiresome at best ...
and I can personally see no scripting shortcut ...

Any chance of a better solution, or more lively response, to this issue ?

Living in hope,



Last edited by RobTrew; 2011-09-26 at 06:05 AM.. Reason: Correction: the fix was in a 2009 [not 2008] response to a 2008 thread
Should have pointed out that to see the Style dropdown on the ruler you need to have dbl-clicked into the text - hence the need to fix the text background color one shape at a time ...

The original 2008 thread (and the 2009 response which gives the fix) is at:

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