Sometimes, what you're trying to create is called sidebar text.
Beginning about InDesign CS4, it was made easier when "anchored objects" were created. Here is a reference from InDesign Help:
However, the Anchored Object dialog is pretty complex (Object > Anchored Object > Insert). However, beginning in InDesign CS5.5, a much easier (more visual) method was introduced. You can drag from the small blue square at the upper right corner of the sidebar frame (see below):
Thanks for the reply. I'll read that article in-depth.
However, I take is that there's still no "automated" way to do this when placing a word-processor document, where a paragraph style would become such an anchored object?
(FYI - Before asking here, I had searched the indexes of several ID books for anything starting with "side", to no avail.)
One more piece of automation is that an Anchored Object can be included in an Object Style. So you could apply the same settings for each our your sidebar frames rather than applying it manually.
If it'll save you $59 worth of time, and if you're using a compatible version of InDesign, I'd suggest you go buy the Side Heads plugin from in-tools.com. It does exactly what you want.
@Joel – seems, that "Side Heads" is not compatible with InDesign CC…
Or do you know something more?
@Ken – what exact version of InDesign are you using?
v8.0.2? Then the "Side Heads" plug-in should be something for you.
Besides: there is a script by Peter Kahrel that could help you automating this task as well:
Dynamic sidenotes (CS4 and later)
It's converting footnotes to sidenotes.
The title of the posting says he is using InDesign CC.
@Steve – Ok. Then using the script by Peter Kahrel could be a valid option…
Thank you both for the pointers. I will look into both of them.
The in-tools site has a trial version available for download, so I can test if it works in CC (and I just checked that my CC subscription will allow me to download ID CS6 if I really need to) and if it does the job.
I'll also check the sidenotes script to see if it does what I need. (I don't want the numbers that come along with footnotes, so I need to see if I can turn that off.)
If you do not want the numbers in footnotes you could delete them one by one.
Or you could camouflage the numbers with a character style.
Point size: 0.1 pt
Horizontal width: 1%
Vertical width: 1%
Define the numbers inside the main text with that character style.
For the numbers inside the footnotes you could use a GREP Style.
(That means: At the beginning of every paragraph set the first character to)