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Chapter 3. Text > Flowing Text

Flowing Text

When you select Place from the File menu (and then choose a text file), or use the Selection tool to click the in port or out port of a text frame, your cursor changes to the text place icon. You can drag this text place cursor to create a text frame, or you can click on an existing frame to flow text into it. Flowing text is all about the care, maintenance, and feeding of the text place icon (see Table 3-1 for more on text place icons).

Table 3-1. Text Place Icons
Icon:What it means:
Manual text flow. Click to flow text into a frame; click in a column to create a frame that’s the width of the column, or drag to create a frame.
Semi-automatic text flow. InDesign “reloads” the text flow icon after each click or drag.
Super Autoflow text flow. Click to place all of the text in the story (InDesign adds pages as necessary).
Automatic text flow. InDesign flows the story to all empty pages, but does not add pages.
The text flow icon is above a guide or grid “snap” point.
The text flow icon is above a frame; clicking will place the text in the frame.



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