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Chapter 3. Text > Linking and Unlinking Text Frames

Linking and Unlinking Text Frames

You can link one text frame to another to make the text continue—or “flow”—from frame to frame. In InDesign, the controls for linking and unlinking text frames are the “in port” and “out port” icons on the text frames themselves. This means that the process of linking text frames in InDesign is similar to working with the “windowshade handles” on PageMaker text blocks, and should feel familiar to PageMaker users. There’s no need to go to the Toolbox to get a special “linking” tool, as there is in QuarkXPress.

Text frames come with their own somewhat obscure terminology. Any continuous series of text characters is a story. A story can be as small as a single, unlinked text frame, or as large as a series of hundreds of text frames containing tens of thousands of words and spanning hundreds of pages. When you link text frames together, you’re threading stories through the text frames. When you place text to create a series of linked text frames, you’re flowing text.


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