4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 21, 2014 9:17 AM by gardnerma2

    text boxes shrinking type


      I have a multi-page document set up with paragraph styles. I have pasted plain-text/non-formatted content into the text boxes and applied styles. When I create a linked text box to let the overflow text populate a text thread, the text appears much larger than it does in the originating text box. Upon test, I realize that the original text box is actually too small, and the new threaded box is accurate.


      I don't see any styles applied to the text boxes, or scaling set for the styles. I have never come upon this error before. How do I get all the originating text boxes to accurately display the type size I want? Short of faking the size so that it's optically correct? I need to share these files, so I want to be sure they'll translate well for all who open them.


      I hope I explain this properly, as I'm not sure what's going on.  Screen shot attached in case it helps.


      Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 12.37.06 PM.png

        • 1. Re: text boxes shrinking type
          Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

          You have transformed your text box. Hold down alt-key and reapply the paraagraph style again. Or delete overrides.

          • 2. Re: text boxes shrinking type
            gardnerma2 Level 1

            I did both - reapplied and cleared overrrides. The type is still small.


            I did create this page size as an alternate template, and it's a smaller page size than the original page size spec'd when I opened the doc. But all pages + templates were blank when I created the alternate master. Not utilizing liquid layout to shrink something already there, just creating a new, blank master.  And when I place these text boxes in the larger master page, it's still shrinking the text. This is probably the root of the problem, but I still don't understand the how or why. Weird.


            I'm feeling like my only way forward is to rebuild the whole doc.

            • 3. Re: text boxes shrinking type
              Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

              How did you set up your paragraph styles? Maybe that the paragraph style is so as you see it and the larger type is scaled? When you put the text tool into the frames, in which paragraph do you see the + sign attached to the paragraph style's name?


              BTW: Normally I experience huge problems with docment set up in different threadet frames, which are not aligned to margin guides or column guides. Wouldn't it be better for you, to set up your master page with properly margins, and put the text in a very single frame and you style properties to adjust distance and inset?

              • 4. Re: text boxes shrinking type
                gardnerma2 Level 1

                The plus sign is in the originating (small/scaled) text, not in the newly created, larger text.


                The text boxes aren't part of the master pages at all. Master pages just have guides and folios.


                I'm sure the problem comes from the fact that I made an alternate page size w/in the same doc. I didn't think it would affect anything, as the pages were all blank. But that's the only thing I've done differently than the other millions of indesign docs I've created.


                Thanks for your help / brainstorms.