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The Group dispel allows you to arrange several dispels under each other or side-by-side in a row. It also controls the alignment of dispels, spaces between dispels, and separators between dispels.


If checked, the elements are arranged side-by-side in a row (a horizontal group). If not, the elements are under each other (a vertical group).
If checked, and the number of elements is greater than can fit within the window, they are broken into several columns. (Or into several rows if horizontal arrangement is selected.)
Line between elements
This option allows you to draw a line between elements. The line is drawn in the space between elements. If the space is not wide enough, the line is not displayed.
no line (default setting)
a simple black line one pixel wide (the actual color may differ depending on Windows settings). The space between elements must be at least 1.
three-dimensional line resembling a groove. The space between elements must be at least 2.
Separator line
If separator is switched on for an element, the line defined here is displayed before the element. The options are the same as in Line between elements.
Space between elements
The space (in pixels) between elements. It is not displayed before the first and after the last element. In addition, you can specify the space before and after every element individually. The space between inner elements is therefore equal to the sum of the spaces before, between, and after the element.
Separator space
Like Space between elements, but applicable when separator is switched on for an element. In such situation, this setting is used instead of the Space between elements size.
Borders around the entire group.
Background color displayed in the area without element dispels. The options are gray, white, or auto. Actual colors depend on Windows color setting. Gray refers to window background color whereas white refers to the background of fields (such as table cells etc.). If the auto option is in place, the background will be white if the group is located in a dispel with white background.


This section contains a table defining individual elements. The same information is displayed for every element individually when you select it in the left pane of the dispel definition editor window. The following table lists the attributes defined for every element in the group:
Definition of the respective element of the group.
If the group elements have different widths, this setting determines their alignment. The options are: left, center, right, and in block. In block alignment expands all elements so that their width is equal to the width of the widest element (if permitted by the element dispel).
If checked, a separator is displayed before the element. The actual appearance of the separator depends on the Separator line and Separator space settings defined for the group (see above).
Space before
The size (in pixels) of the space before every element – i.e. the space above the element in case of vertical arrangement and the space to the left of the element in case of horizontal arrangement.
Space after
The size (in pixels) of the space after every element.
Space on the left in case of left alignment, or on the right in case of right alignment. If centered alignment is in place, the number represents the shift relative to the center – positive values cause a shift to the right and vice versa. Only positive values are valid for other than centered alignment; negative values are interpreted as zero.
Expand along
If checked for an element, and the group is longer than the total of the lengths of its elements, this element is expanded lengthwise to fill the entire redundant space in the group. If checked for multiple elements, the redundant space is allocated proportionally to the elements’ optimal sizes.
Length refers to height in vertical groups and to width in horizontal groups.


Alignment of subordinate dispels is explained in a separate chapter.
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