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Threading text

When you autoflowed text into the document, InDesign created links between the frames so that text would flow from one frame to another. These links are called threads. You can break the threads between frames, add new frames between the threaded frames, and rearrange how frames are threaded.

1.
In the Pages palette, double-click the numbers below the page 2-3 icons. If the entire spread does not automatically appear in the document window, choose View > Fit Spread in Window to view the spread.

2.
Choose the Selection tool (), and then click the text frame in the right column on page 2 to select it.

3.
Choose View > Show Text Threads. Blue lines appear that represent the connections (threads) between text frames in the selected story. Each thread goes from the out port of one frame to the in port of the next frame in the sequence.

4.
With the text frame in the right column of page 2 still selected, press Backspace or Delete to delete this text frame. Click to select a different frame in the story so that the text threads become visible.

After deleting a threaded frame.

Note

Text threads display only when a frame within the text flow is selected.

Notice that the text flows from the left column on page 2 to the left column on page 3. Although the text frame was deleted, no text in the story was deleted—it flowed into the next frame.

5.
Press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS) to open the Place dialog box. If necessary, deselect Replace Selected Item and Show Import Options and then locate and double-click 04_e.tif in the Lesson_04 folder.

6.
Click the loaded graphics icon () in the upper left corner of the blank column, just below the guide. If necessary, after placing the graphic, drag the picture so that it snaps to the top margin of the column.

You’ll fill the space under the picture by creating a new text frame and threading the placed story through the new frame. To thread a new frame in the middle of a story, you can click the out port of the previous frame or the in port of the subsequent frame.

7.
Holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), drag a guide from the horizontal ruler to the 28p mark. Holding the modifier key applies the guide across the entire spread rather than the entire page.

For accuracy, hold down Shift as you drag to move the guide in p6 increments, or you can select the guide with the Selection tool and then type 28p in the Y box of the Control or Transform palettes.


8.
Click the left text frame on page 2 to select it, and then click the out port in the lower right corner of the frame. The out port appears as a blue arrow, indicating that the story is continued in another frame.

9.
Position the loaded text icon () just below the 28p guide near the bottom of the right column, and click to create a frame that fills the rest of the column.

Threading a new text frame in the middle of a story.

A text frame is created that is the width of the column. You have now completed page 2 of the newsletter.

10.
Choose View > Hide Text Threads.

Now you’ll use a keyboard shortcut, instead of using a menu, for deselecting.

11.
Press Shift+Ctrl+A (Windows) or Shift+Command+A (Mac OS) to deselect everything. Then save the file.

Changing the number of columns on a page

You will now create a full-page sidebar on page 3. To simplify creating the text frames for these columns, you will change the number of columns on page 3.

1.
In the Pages palette, double-click the page 3 icon to center the page in the document window. Make sure that only page 3 in the Pages palette is highlighted so that the column change will affect only page 3. If necessary, click another page icon, and then click the page 3 icon.

2.
Choose Layout > Margins and Columns. Under Columns, type 3 for Number and click OK.

Even though the number of columns changed, the widths of the existing text frames did not change.

Notice that the text frames are independent of the number of columns. Column margins can determine how text frames are created, but the text frame widths do not change when you redefine columns. One exception to this rule is when Layout Adjustment is turned on—you can learn more about Layout Adjustment in “Exploring on your own” at the end of this lesson.

3.
Using the Selection tool (), select a text frame on page 3 and press Backspace or Delete.

4.
Select the other text frame on page 3 and press Backspace or Delete. Both text frames on page 3 should be deleted.

Once again, you have deleted text frames, but you did not delete any text; the text flowed into the text frames on page 4. Now you’ll place an Adobe Photoshop file that has been sized to fit within the newsletter page.

5.
Press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS) to open the Place dialog box. Deselect Show Import Options, then locate and double-click 04_f.psd in the Lesson_04 folder.

6.
Click the loaded graphics icon () in the upper left corner of page 3. If necessary, drag the image so that it snaps to the margin guides at the top, left, and right sides of the page.

Using semi-autoflow to place text frames

Now you will use semi-autoflow to place a text file into the three columns. Semi-autoflow lets you create text frames one at a time, without having to reload the text icon.

1.
Choose File > Place to open the Place dialog box, and then deselect Replace Selected Items. Locate and double-click 04_g.doc in the Lesson_04 folder.

2.
Holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), position the semi-autoflow loaded text icon in the left column at the 28p guide, and click.

Flowing text semi-automatically.

The text flows into the left column. Because you held down Alt or Option, the pointer is still a loaded text icon, ready for you to flow text into another frame.

3.
Holding down Alt or Option, position the loaded text icon in the second column at the 28p guide, and click. Release the Alt or Option key.

Now you will create the final column. You won’t hold down Alt or Option since there will only be three frames in this story.

4.
Position the loaded text icon in the third column at the 28p guide, and click.

The text is overset in the third column, but after you format the text with styles, the text should then fit within the frames, leaving no overset text remaining.

Applying and editing the sidebar styles

To make the text consistent with the rest of the newsletter, you’ll apply the sidebar styles to the text you just added. You will also edit the Sidebar Head style so that each heading starts at the top of the next column. You’ll start by using the keyboard to select all the text in the story.

1.
Using the Type tool (), click an insertion point in the sidebar. Then press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac OS) to select all the text in the story.

2.
Select the Sidebar Copy style in the Paragraph Styles palette.

3.
Click an insertion point inside the “Nordic Skiing” heading, and then select the Sidebar Head style in the Paragraph Styles palette.

4.
Apply the Sidebar Head style to the other two headings, “Snowmobiling” and “Tubing.”

To ensure that the headings will always appear at the top of each frame, you’ll edit the sidebar heading style.

5.
Before you edit the style, deselect all text.

6.
In the Paragraph Styles palette, double-click Sidebar Head to open the Paragraph Style Options dialog box for that style.

7.
In the left panel, select Keep Options and then select In Next Column from the Start Paragraph drop-down menu. Then click OK.

The sidebar headings on page 3 are now forced to start at the top of each column. Now that you’ve finished placing text and graphics in the newsletter, you’ll use some of InDesign’s word processing features to add finishing touches to the text throughout the newsletter.

8.
Save the file.

The context menu gives you another way to move text to the beginning of the next column. To do this, make sure that the cursor is in the place where you want to create the break, and then right-click (Windows) or Ctrl+click (Mac OS) to open the context menu. Choose Insert Break Character > Column Break. You can also use context menu commands to move text to the next frame, page, odd page, or even page.


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