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How do I make text automatically jump to the next column on a page without creating new text boxes and manually fitting things into columns?

  • When you create a document with columns, you’ll want the text to run down one column then start from the top with the next column.
  • Start by dragging the text box into one of the columns on your page; just drag the boundaries of the text box until they snap to the column guides. If your text is long enough to need an extra column you should be able to click on your text box and see a red plus sign at the bottom of the box.
  • Click once on this and your cursor should turn into a little picture showing a few lines of text. Click once at the top of the next column and InDesign will dump all of the text that didn’t fit in the first text box into the next column. The text will wrap neatly to the column and even though you’ll see a second text box, both of your textboxes are linked.
  • You can now even out your columns by dragging upwards or downwards from the bottom of your first textbox. If you drag the bottom boundary downwards to make the box in column 1 bigger, then text should shift over from column 2. Keep lengthening and shortening the text boxes until your columns are the way you would like them (balanced in the case of a newspaper.)
  • If for some reason you would like to recombine the text box in column 1 and in column 2, just select the text box in column 1. Now drag out from the corner and make it huge; make it so huge that it envelopes the text box from column two and then let go. The text will all jump together into one text box again.
  • schnurs, 29 April 2005

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