Depending on the content we're working with and our own preferences, we may want to see only plain text or fully-formatted text in Studio's editor view. Thankfully, switching between the two is easy. Consider the example below, where we have a Word file with some formatting.
Which Studio view would be more comfortable while working on the file: the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) view on the left or the plain text view on the right? Whichever we prefer, we can get there in a matter of seconds.
To choose how the text will be displayed in the Editor, we go to File - Options - Editor - Formatting display style. These are the default settings:
The default is to "Show formatting but hide recognized formatting tags", so we get this (Adapt Font Sizes is disabled in this example to show variations in text size):
I personally don't like having all the tags hidden, as I find that it's easy to accidentally skip or delete a tag. So, to add the formatting tags to the above view, we can either change to "Show all formatting and tags" in File - Options - Editor - Formatting display style, as shown here...
...or we can simply click the "Toggle formatting tag display" button in the View tab - Options group. This button is only active when "Show formatting but hide recognized formatting tags" or "Show all formatting and tags" have been chosen in the Editor options.
If we find the colored text hard to read or would rather have plain text for whatever reason, then we have a third option: "Show all tags but do not show formatting".
Here's what we get with this setting: plain text with formatting tags.
So far so good, color contrast is no longer a problem in this last view, but the text is still too small to work comfortably (at least for me!). To adjust the text, we can use the "Adapt Font Sizes" button in the View tab and then increase or decrease text size to a comfortable level.
A Word about Tag View Options
Choosing our tag view options is also a matter of personal preference. In addition to the "No Tag Text" options shown above, we have three more, that we can easily switch among from the View tab, Options group.
Partial Tag Text
Full Tag Text
This view gives us the most information, but it can also lead to a cluttered segment, so I use it sparingly, and will often activate it only for specific checks rather than keeping it on all the time.
This is my preferred tag view. It allows me to quickly check that the tag pairs are correctly placed in the translation. To learn more about tags, don't miss Paul Filkin's article Simple guide to working with Tags in Studio.
Once we become familiar with these options, we can quickly switch views while we work, to suit our needs and preferences.