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Flowing text

The process of making imported text appear in designated parts of a page or pages is called flowing text. InDesign lets you flow text manually for greater control or automatically for greater time-saving.

Tips on flowing text

When your pointer becomes a loaded text icon () after you place text or click an in port or out port, you are ready to flow text onto your pages. When you position the loaded text icon over a text frame, parentheses enclose the icon ().

In addition, the icon can appear in one of three forms, which correspond to the method you choose for controlling the flow of text on your pages:

Manual text flow () adds text one frame at a time. It stops flowing text at the bottom of a text frame, or at the last of a series of linked frames. You must reload the text icon to continue flowing text.

Semi-autoflow () works like manual text flow, except that the pointer reloads as a loaded text icon each time the end of a frame is reached, until all text is flowed into your document.

Autoflow () adds pages and frames until all the text is flowed into your document.

––From Adobe InDesign User Guide, Chapter 3



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