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Lesson 4. Importing and Editing Text > Creating and entering text

Creating and entering text

You can use InDesign to enter text into your documents, or you can import text created in other programs, such as word processing software.

Creating a headline and applying a style

In the area beneath the banner, “TravelNEws,” and above the space that will contain the start of the article, you’ll create a text frame for the article headline, “Winter Fun in New England.” This headline text frame will span the two columns. You’ll then apply a headline style to this headline and format the headline.

While viewing page 1, double-click the Zoom tool () to increase the magnification to 100%.

To mark the location of the top of your headline frame, you will drag to create a guide, and then create the frame. To help you position the guide, watch the Y value in either the Control or Transform palettes as you drag. Hold down the Shift key and drag a guide from the horizontal ruler to the 18p6 (18 picas, 6 points) location on page 1. Holding down the Shift key constrains the position of the guide to the increments visible on the ruler.

Using the Type tool (), position the type cursor next to the left margin over the 18p6 guide. The horizontal crossbar on the type cursor should be at 18p6.

Drag to create a text frame in the blank area below the 18p6 guide and above the 21p guide. The text frame should span the two columns, and the top of the frame should snap to the 18p6 guide, while the bottom snaps to the 21p guide.

If you need to resize the frame, select the Selection tool, and drag the handles of the frame to snap to the guides. Then select the Type tool and click inside the frame.

After you draw a text frame using the Type tool, an insertion point appears, ready for you to begin typing.

In the text frame you just created, type Winter Fun in New England.

To make this headline consistent with other headlines used in the newsletter, you’ll apply the Head 1 style. When you apply a paragraph style, you can place the insertion point anywhere in the paragraph or select any part of the paragraph.

Choose Window > Type & Tables > Paragraph Styles. With the insertion point anywhere in the headline text you just typed, select Head 1 in the Paragraph Styles palette.

Save the file.

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