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text flow between pages.

Apr 4, 2012 8:12 PM

I am laying out book content and I use a template. I like to know how to setup the speads so when I paste the text

the text would overflow to the next page of the spread. Right now it has to be cut and paste from the storyeditor and when it overflows somehow it does not go to the next page.

The template has the forst 3 pages where it does exactly that but I cannot distinguish how that is set up differently....

Ideally I like to paste more than just one page at the time.


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    Apr 4, 2012 10:50 PM   in reply to TheNewbie1956


    Since you have chosen the name TheNewbie1956 for the forum, I assume you are actually a newbie to InDesign, so please allow me to suggest that you pick up a copy of Sandee Cohen's Visual QuickStart Guide for InDesign. I can help you with this issue, but it's pretty basic, and people on online forums are pretty quick to accuse newbies of not doing their homework.


    A text frame has an in port and an out port. If you have overset text, the out port will have a red + in it. If you click on the out port with the Selection tool (black arrow), the cursor will change to look like part of a page, with an upper left corner. If you click on the page, the overset text will be placed into a new text frame that will be linked to the one with the out port you just clicked on. The text will fill the page from the vertical spot where you clicked to the bottom margin (provided there is enough text) and from the left to right margins. If, before you click, you move the cursor to the top left corner margins, the black wedge of the paragraph icon will change to a white wedge, indicating that the new text frame will take up the whole page (within the margins). If you hold the Shift key before you make that click into the top left margin, the cursor will contain a squiggly line with an arrow, indicating that if the end of the page is reached, and there is more overset text to place, new pages will be created, with new text frames to contain the text. This is similar to the way word processors work—similar, but not the same, in that pages do not disappear when text is contracted.


    So, instead of cutting overset text from the story editor and pasting it into a separate text frame, you can have linked text frames if you like. And if you want to create a new text frames in advance, and then fill them with the overset text from a text frame you already have, just click the out port on the overset frame and into the middle of the empty frame.

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    Apr 5, 2012 5:04 AM   in reply to Michael Gianino

    Hi TheNewbie1956,


    Just to upgrade Michael, in your template go to Master pages that you use.

    Create a blank frames. Drawing frames with the Text tool, in acord with your page layout. Take right down port of this frame and place in other page, if you are working with faccing pages.

    So, next time you place a new story text inside the page, the pages will be create automactily for the whole story text.

    Good luck!

    ***.: Wagner

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    Apr 5, 2012 7:45 AM   in reply to wjnp2000

    You don't need master text frames for that.

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    Apr 5, 2012 8:47 AM   in reply to TheNewbie1956

    It's probably because you're using an older version of InDesign. I think that was added in InDesign CS4 or 5. Can't remember which.

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    Apr 5, 2012 8:58 AM   in reply to TheNewbie1956

    I haven't used Smart Text Reflow, so I can't help you with that. Maybe someone who has used it can help you. It would be helpful to know what version of InDesign you are using (CS4, CS5, CS5.5, etc.), and on what OS (XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc.).


    EDIT: Oops, looks like you were telling us what version of ID you have while I was typing.

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    Apr 5, 2012 9:54 AM   in reply to TheNewbie1956

    You didn't follow the path that the directions tell you to: Choose Edit > Preferences > Type (Windows):


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