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Changing Text Flow with Text Blocks, Paragraph Settings, and Paths

Once you’ve entered some text, there are a number of ways to change how the lines of text flow on the page. You can change the style and shape of the text block, change how lines are spaced and paragraphs indented, and even change the text to flow along a curved path or shape.

Text Blocks

When you select a text block with the Pointer tool (or a text block within a group with the Subselection tool), you’ll notice that there are handles at the corners of the block and on two of its sides. Text object handles work differently from bitmap or vector object handles—they don’t resize the content they contain. They specify the width of the text object, which will affect how the lines wrap within the text object. As you change the handles on the sides, the text box will grow taller or shorter, as more or fewer lines are necessary. Changing the handles on the bottom corners will affect only the width of the block. Changing the handles on the top corners will change both the width and the point at which the text starts. If you choose a vertical alignment setting, the width handles will become height handles to handle vertical text wrapping.


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