2.3.3 Origin Rich Text

From 2022b, Origin support to use Origin Rich Text syntax in the Notes window.

With Rich Text, the Notes window has two modes -- raw text mode and Render mode. Toggle between these modes using Notes: Render Mode or shortcut key combination CTRL + M.

To add text to the Notes window, you need to be in raw text mode. To style added text, use the Format toolbar and/or apply pre-defined paragraph styles.

Origin Rich Text Format.png

Zoom in or out of the rendered Notes page using the Zoom combo box Button Size Percent.png on the Standard toolbar.

Format Text

When switch to Origin Rich Text syntax, the Format toolbar buttons (Greek, Super/Subscript, etc.) are available. You can the button to format text in the Notes window.

Button Format.png

Besides using the buttons, you also can type following syntax to format text

Syntax Description Entering... Results in...
\+(text) Format text as superscript. super\+(script) Available Text Formatting Commands 2.png
\-(text) Format text as subscript. sub\-(script) Available Text Formatting Commands 3.png
\=(text1,text2) Format text1 as subscript, text2 as superscript. script\=(sub,super) Available Text Formatting Commands 4.png
\p%pointsize(text) Change the point size of text. 200 doubles the size, 100 results in no change, etc. change\p200(point)size Available Text Formatting Commands 5.png
\i(text) Format text as italics. \i(italics) Available Text Formatting Commands 6.png
\b(text) Format text as bold. \b(bold) Available Text Formatting Commands 7.png
\u(text) Format text as underline. \u(underline) Available Text Formatting Commands 15.png
\g(text) Format text in Greek symbols. \g(Greek) Available Text Formatting Commands 8.png
\ab(text) Display a bar above text. \ab(X) Available Text Formatting Commands 9.png
\ad(text) Display a short line - a dot - above text. \ad(A) Available Text Formatting Commands 10.png
\at(text) Display a tilde above text. \at(A) Available Text Formatting Commands 11.png
\(ASCII character code) Displays the specified ASCII symbol. \(169) Available Text Formatting Commands 12.png
Displays a full height prime or a full height double prime. To display it as a combining prime/double prime, use superscript like \+(\y(')) or \+(\y(")). \g(c)\=(3,\y(')) Available Text Formatting Commands 12b.png
\f:fontname(text) Displays text using the fontname font. You can abbreviate fontname, as long as you use enough letters for the name to be unique. \f:Wide Latin(font) Available Text Formatting Commands 13.png
\cnumber(text) Displays text in the color located at position number in the Color drop-down lists. \c2(red) Available Text Formatting Commands 14.png
\x(unicode number) Display the unicode character.
\x(03b8) Available Text Formatting Commands 18.png
\sc Insert one conditional horizontal space in a string even there are multiple consecutive spaces.
in this example assume @LD3 and @LD4 not exist, so there will be two spaces. \sc make one space only
LName (Unit)

Note: Some escape sequences may not listed in above table, you can see this page for more.

Insert Links

When edit Notes windows by Origin Rich Text syntax, you not only can add graphs, worksheet cells, variables links by Notes main menu or context menu of Notes window, but also can insert Symbol Map, LaTeX Equation, Link, Image from File/Web into Notes.

Insert links from Notes menu.png
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Insert Graph

  • Select Add Graph/Image option in the Note main menu or window's context menu to add graph links.

The Graph/Image Browser dialog will pop-up, then you select graph you want to insert. By default, the width of the graph is 300. And you can use system variable @IMGA to customize the default width value of graph.


  • Type the syntax : \img(graph name, w=width value)
\img(Graph1, w=500)

Worksheet cell

  • Select Add Worksheet cell option in the Note main menu or window's context menu to add cell links. The Select from Workstsheet dialog will pop-up, then you click the cell in the Worksheet and then click Done button.
Insert cell to Notes.png


  • Type the syntax : %([workbookname]sheetname, column, row [,format])

Info Variables

  • Select Add Info Variables option in the Note main menu or window's context menu to add variables links. The Insert Variable dialog will pop-up, then you select workbook or matrixbook data or metadata to add in the Notes.

New Table

This opens the New Table dialog for configuring a basic table.

Notes window new table.png
  1. Specify Number of Columns, Number of Rows, etc. and click OK. A book is created (e.g. NoteTable1) with your table ready for data entry (syntax e.g \img([NoteTable1]Sheet1)).
  2. Enter data into the table that is created. Note that it is a standard Origin worksheet and as such, is customizable in any way that the standard worksheet is customizable.
Notes window new table 2.png

Symbol Map

Opens a simplified Symbol Map with characters sorted by tab.

  • Insert symbols from the Greek, Math. European, Combining, Arrow and Miscellaneous tabs.
  • Click Advanced to go to the advanced Symbol Map.
  • Symbols inserted from any tab -- or inserted from the advanced Symbol Map -- will be added to the Recently used symbols list at the bottom of the dialog.
Symbol Map in Notes.png

LaTeX Equation

Opens the LaTeX Equation Editor App (if you've not already installed this free App, you are prompted to do so). You can click the Equation button UG latex equation button.png to open a list of Origin's fitting functions (incl. your user-defined functions). Pick a function (or enter a function into the top box) and click Preview to see your equation rendered.


Opens a dialog box for entering Text to display and a Link. Several types of links can be entered, for instance:

  • Links to webpages (e.g. https://www.originlab.com)
  • Links to help file pages (e.g. help://1293/TUTORIAL.CHM)
  • Links to worksheet cells (e.g. range://[book1]sheet1!col(1)[100]

Additionally, you can run simple LabTalk commands from the Link box (e.g. labtalk://"ty -b[Hello World!]")

Hello world link.png

Example Syntax as seen in raw text mode, Notes window:

\link(labtalk://"ty -b [Hello World!]", Hello World!)

In Render Mode, clicking on the text in the Notes window will bring up an attention box that says "Hello World".

Link labtalk hello world.png

Image from File

Opens a dialog to browse for image files.

  • The inserted image is linked to an external file and is not saved with the project. This helps to control project file size but be aware that sharing the project with others will require you to share external images, as well.
  • The width of the image is modified using a "w" parameter (e.g. w=1000), where units are logical pixels).

Example Syntax as seen in raw text mode, Notes window:

\img(file://"%@JSamples\Image Processing and Analysis\car.bmp", w=1000)

The %@J string register in the above example returns the path of the Origin EXE folder.

Image from Web

Opens a dialog to specify a Image Link for a web image (hint: In your browser, right-click on an image and Copy Image Address, Copy Image Link, etc).

Enter image url dlg.png
  • The width of the image is modified using a "w" parameter (e.g. w=1000), where units are logical pixels).

Example Syntax as seen in raw text mode, Notes window:

\img(https://www.originlab.com/images/header_logo.png, w=200)

Paragraph Style

Apply Style to Paragraph

In Origin, you can use the build-in text style to apply to the paragraph.
When the cursor is in the paragraph, right-click to open the menu, you can select the Paragraph Style in the list.

Paragraph Style List.png

Modify Text Style

You also can define new style by Modify Text Style tool.
Select Tool: Modify Text Style to open the dialog, you can modify the build-in style, or add a new style.
When create a new style by this tool, the new style will be listed under Paragraph Style context menu.

Modify Text Style.png
Style to Modify Select a style in the list to modify it.

If select <new>..., New Style Name dialog is pop-up. And you can define the name for a new style.

Font Face Select the paragraph font type from this drop-down list.
Size Factor(%) Type or select the desired text size (in points) .
Color Select the desired text color from this drop-down list. Create custom colors by selecting the Define Custom Colors button and specifying the RGB in the Color dialog that opens.
Justification Check this checkbox, then you can select Left, Center or Right as the paragraph alignment.
Font Style
  • Bold: Select this check box to change the text style to bold.
  • Italic: Select this check box to change the text style to Italic.
  • Underline: Select this check box to set the text style with underline.
  • Extra Line Spacing (%): Type or select the desired spacing for the text line.
  • Before Paragraph (pts): Type or select the desired spacing (in points, where 1 point=1/72 inch) before Paragraph from this combination box.
  • After Paragraph (pts):Type or select the desired spacing (in points, where 1 point=1/72 inch) after Paragraph from this combination box.
Indentation (% of font size)
  • Left: Type or select the percentage of font size for left indentation of paragraph .
  • Right: Type or select the percentage of font size for right indentation of paragraph .
List Set this text style with bulleted or number list.

Modify Text Style with Escape notation

\p{{syntax1:value; syntax2:value; syntax3:value}}({paragraph content})
Syntax Description Sample
color or c Specify the paragraph text color by color index.

Please refer to the color index from the build-in color list. If not specify color, the text is black by default.

p Specify the percentage of text size (in points) . p:175
f Specify the paragraph text font type by font name f:Times New Roman
lineSpacing Specify the percentage of spacing for the text line. lineSpacing:100
beforeSpacing Specify the percentage of spacing before paragraph beforeSpacing:150
afterSpacing Specify the percentage of spacing after paragraph afterSpacing:200
leftindent Specify the percentage of font size for left indentation of paragraph. leftindent:100
rightindent Specify the percentage of font size for right indentation of paragraph. rightindent:400
align Set paragraph alignment to Left, Center or Right. align:right
italic Set the paragraph text to italic italic

Set Paragraph as List

Besides using build-in Paragraph Style to set the list (bullet list/ number list) for the paragraph, we can use notation to set the paragraph list and custom more list properties.

Property Description Used in Bullet List or Number List Value
list Specify list name to indicate list type and levels. --
  • bullet / bullet1 /bullet2
  • number/ number1 / number2
listbullet Specify the style of the bullet Bullet If not specify bullet style, the bullet is black dots by default.
  • white bullet
  • diamond
  • triangle
listnumber Specify the style of the number Number
  • %d: Use numeric 1, 2, 3 etc. as the number list format
  • %c: Use letter a, b, c etc. as the number list format
liststart Specify the start number index of the number list Number numeric

Simple Paragraph List

Use these notation for the paragraph list, and custom the text color, bullet style and list numeric text format.

\p{{list:list name}}({paragraph content})
  • Bullet list sample:
\p{{list:bullet;color:5;listbullet:white bullet}}({white bullet})
\p{{list:bullet;color:6;listbullet:diamond}}({diamond style bullet})
\p{{list:bullet;color:8;listbullet:triangle}}({triangle style bullet})
Paragraph List Sample 01.png
  • Number list sample:
\p{{list:number;color:1}}({Text 1})
\p{{list:number;color:2}}({Text 2})
\p{{list:number;color:3}}({Text 3})
Paragraph List Sample 02.png

  • Using listnumber property can custom list numeric text format
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%d)}}({Text 1})
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%d)}}({Text 2})
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%d)}}({Text 3})
Paragraph List Sample 03.png
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%c)}}({Text 1})
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%c)}}({Text 2})
\p{{list:number;listnumber:(%c)}}({Text 3})
Paragraph List Sample 04.png

Note: If insert non-list items (blank line, paragraph, Graph, Image) between the two paragraph list, it will break the number index.

\p{{color:2}}({Not a list item})
Paragraph List Sample 05.png

To avoid breaking the number index, use liststart property for the second half list.

\p{{color:2}}({Not a list item})
\p{{list:number; liststart:3}}({cc})
Paragraph List Sample 06.png

Multiple Levels List

There are 6 values of the list property, including: bullet, bullet1, bullet2, number, number1 and number2

  • They allow nesting up to the depth three for each of bullet and number, for total of six. Each of them is a list name to indicate nesting. The name alone does not indicate the depth, but the position in the sequence is what matters.
\p{{list:number1}}({Level 1})
\p{{list:number2}}({Level 2})
\p{{list:number }}({Level 3})
Paragraph List Sample 07.png
\p{{list:bullet2}}({Level 1})
\p{{list:bullet }}({Level 2})
\p{{list:bullet1}}({Level 3})
Paragraph List Sample 08.png
  • You can set six levels for a list
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 1})
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 2})
\p{{list:bullet;color:2}}({Level 2- AA})
\p{{list:bullet;color:2}}({Level 2- BB})
\p{{list:number2;color:3}}({Level 3- Text 1})
\p{{list:number1;color:4; listnumber:(%d)}}({Level 4- Text 1})
\p{{list:bullet1;color:6; listbullet:white bullet}}({Level 5- aa})
\p{{list:bullet1;color:6; listbullet:white bullet}}({Level 5- bb})
\p{{list:number1;color:4; listnumber:(%d)}}({Level 4- Text 2})
\p{{list:bullet1;color:6; listbullet:white bullet}}({Level 5- A1})
\p{{list:bullet1;color:6; listbullet:white bullet}}({Level 5- A2})
\p{{list:bullet2;color:12; listbullet:triangle}}({Level 6- a1})
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 3})
Paragraph List Sample 09.png

  • In multiple levels list, Origin only supports some non-list items inserted in level one and level two.

For the level one sample, you can refer to the Tip in above section. Here, shows about inserting non-list item in the level two. You also can use liststart property to define the desired index for the restarting list.

\p{{list:level 1 list name|level 2 list name; liststart:the number of level 1|the number of level 2}} ({paragraph content})
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 1})
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 2})
\p{{list:number1;color:4}}({Level 2- AA})
\p{{list:number1;color:4}}({Level 2- BB})
\p{{color:2}}({Not a list item})
\p{{list:number|number1;color:4;liststart:2|3}}({Level 2- CC})
\p{{list:number1;color:4}}({Level 2- DD})
\p{{list:number}}({Level 1- Text 3})
Paragraph List Sample 11.png

Print or Export to PDF

You can output Notes window content to a physical printer; or print to PDF using a third-party driver such as Microsoft Print to PDF.

To create nice-looking output, you'll need to pay attention to these settings:

  • Paper Size: This is set in File: Page Setup or in the Advanced options for your printer driver.
  • Margins: These are set in File: Page Setup.
  • Notes Display Margin: By default, the Notes display margin = 5 (units = points). Thus, you will note that in Render Mode (CTRL + M), there is a slight margin to the left side of the Notes page. This display margin is controlled by setting system variable @NDM.
  • Notes Window Page Width: Page width is controlled by the property note.width (units = in/cm, etc). Default = 0, which corresponds to an uncontrolled width. For best printing results, you will need to set notes.width.

Paper Size - Margins - Notes Display Margin = Width of the printed area (paper or PDF).

So, for example, an 8.5 inch wide page with 1 inch margins to the left and right; and a display margin of 0 points, should "print out" as 6.5 inches wide. Therefore, for best results, set page.width = 6.5 before printing.