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Lesson 4. Publishing a Newsletter > Linking text frames

Linking text frames

To display the overflow text from the large text frame on page 1, you will set up another text frame on page 3, and link this to the frame on page 1. Then, overflow text from page 1 will automatically flow into this text frame on page 3.

Choose the Selection tool in the toolbox, and click the red plus sign in the out port, at the lower right corner of the large text frame on page 1. The pointer will change to a loaded text icon.

Double-click the icon for page 3 in the Pages palette to display page 3 in the document window.

Click with the loaded text icon in the right-most column on page 3, very close to the top margin of the column.

InDesign will create a new text frame (snapping it to the column grid) in the right column of the page that will hold the text overflowing from page 1.

The two text frames are now linked. If a change on page 1 results in more or less text fitting in the frame on page 1, the frame on page 3 will automatically be updated to hold the remaining text of the story. To visualize the link between the two frames, choose View > Show Text Threads. Go back and Hide Text Threads when you're done.


So that the newsletter readers will know on which page the story continues, a “continued on page x” text frame should be created at the end of the text frame on page 1. InDesign knows on which page to find the linked text frame, and can automatically insert the correct page number. You can find out more about this feature by searching for “story jumps” in the Adobe Help Center under Help for InDesign.

Selecting Typefaces

Clearly legible and inviting typography will encourage people to read your newsletter. Bad typography will have the opposite effect. The typefaces you select create a mood. Choosing the right font for your newsletter is not easy, as there are thousands of fonts all designed to fit different needs.

One good way to get an overview of available typefaces is to go to <www.adobe.com/type>. There, you can browse thousands of fonts categorized by typical usage, style, classification, and theme. You'll even find a list of fonts recommended for a newsletter!

This quick checklist will help you with your selection:

  • Is the font for the body text easy to read both in print and on the Web?

  • Does the headline font have visual impact and complement the body text font?

  • Does the font, especially for the body text, come in a wide range of weights and widths?

  • Does the font appeal to your newsletter's target readership?

  • Is the font distinct from the typeface used by any competing newsletter?

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