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Flowing Text

If you have a short amount of text, you can easily type the text directly in InDesign. However, it you are working with a long text, you most likely will import the text from a word processing program.

To import text from other sources:

1.
Choose File > Place. This opens the Place dialog box .

Figure 8.8. The Place dialog box.


2.
Navigate to find the file you want to import.

3.
Choose from the following options:

  • To keep any formatting applied to the text, click Retain Format.

  • To replace "dumb" (straight) quotes with "smart" (curly) ones, click Convert Quotes.

  • To open the specific import options for that type of text file, click Show Import Options .

    Figure 8.9. The Import Options for two different types of text files.

4.
Click Choose to load the text into a text cursor .

Figure 8.10. The Loaded text cursor for placing text.


Tip

If you hold the Shift key as you click Choose, you open the Import Options dialog box.

5.
Drag the Loaded text cursor to create a text frame that contains the text. You can then link the text from one frame to another (see page 56).

or

Click the Loaded text cursor inside an existing frame.


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