You are correct that ForceTen is not the best design tool. Yet you apparently did not have the proper instruction prior to using the tool.
Though you may question at times how did I get here or do that, the more you use the tool the better it gets. We integrate many authoring tool products within ForceTen courses. You can even use full Flash courses, Articulate, or Brainshark. The key in ForceTen is using naming conventions for what you produce. There are close to a hundred criteria to search for content including name, id, type of content, etc. One advantage of the ForceTen authoring system is the Structure builder. You can create courses, clusters, pages or content and move around in sequence as required.
Regarding editing and formatting content on a course page. You checkout the page and then the content. On the edit page display you can double-click any item and postion by pixel. You can change the font, size, and color on same screen. You can turn on a grid on the page, you set the size in px, and drag the content to the proper location.
ForceTen like many tools as more features than you will ever learn. I always learn a system by trying to do what I know it should do and then move on to the next challenge.