hi, i need to put just some of the text of a famre in columns. can it be done in some way? when i choose columns in Text Frame Options it puts all the text in a frame in columns
I've never heard of a way to do that with a single frame, but there are lots of things that I don't know, so maybe…
One thing you can do is cut the text from the frame and place it into a separate multi-column frame. That multi-column frame can be placed adjacent to the single-column frame, or inserted into the single-column frame as an anchored object, which would allow it to move with the flow of text. You could also insert a table with one row and three columns, but it would be easier to control the column breaks by using a multi-column text frame than it would be to use a table.
Frans van der Geest wrote:
Yes, use the Span paragraphs option since CS5.
That's a good idea. That didn't occur to me because I was thinking that the majority of the text would be one column, with the exception in three, so I was picturing how to do it in a one-column text frame. I suppose you could set the frame for three columns and all of the text to span except the part that you want in columns. It just goes to show you that persepctive is a wonderul thing.
As I recall, one of the problems it has is that it doesn't work as expected with Keep Options or space before/after, but I haven't used it in quite awhile for splitting. I do use it regualrly for spanning headlines on a multi-column story. It's great for that.
My memory is I thought it would be good for recipes splitting the ingredients into two columns, then shifting back to one for the directions, but it turned out not to do what I had in mind because each ingredient was a separate paragraph so the list didn't wrap into multiple columns as hoped. The OP may have that problem, too.
Anchored frames are hardly trouble-free, either. A table will break across pages, though only between rows.
I think the OP is going to have to look at all of the possibilities and make a choice based on the actual text flow.
i inserted a new multi-column frame into the frame and tried to adjust the spacing between upper border to the text above and lower frame border to the text below. not precise but works well...
thanks, as usual
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