In a single frame every columns has the same width and height as the others. But what do you want to do? And does working with separate single column frames fit for you?
depending of what you want to do:
You could change the shape of your text frame by adding and changing the position of path points like that:
But this is not very flexible, if you change the overall width of the frame or the number of columns.
Instead you could use a second object, a rectangle with no fill and stroke, but with text wrap applied:
This what I would like to do:
Above is with the Smart Connection Workflow. The height of each column can be changed separately.
but now I'm not working with SC anymore, so I'm trying to get this to work.
Changing the column was probably a SC feature.
Is there another way to get the example above to work? obviously a wrap would work, but that is not allways handy.
@Laubender. How do I change the position of the path points. That looks to be what I'm looking for.
You can apply for the text frame at the down left corner text wrap, this would also reduce the height of the columns.
For such Layouts I create a grid for the columns and I prepare object styles for 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. column text frames. So it is really fast working to perform this with text wrap.
You can change single (or several) anchor pints by moving them with the direct selection tool. But I would not recommend to do so as it slows down InDesign and several problem occur with vertical alignment settings.
as on your screenshot you can set 5 columns on your master page.
Then, after imported text, you can adjust each column separately
@premio_oscar. The screenshot was from the old situation with Smart Connection. With just Indesign there is no possibility to adjust column height separately.
I guess the best way is with text wrap.
Thanks for the quick responses everyone.
Ok text wrap is the better way.
However, I would like to tell you that in any version of indesign you could adjust column height separately as you showed on your screenshoot if you set up master page with two or more columns (5 in your example).
With 5 separate columns you can't perform Column Span for the headlines. This must be a separate frame as it was until CS4.
But I think that was not the question of stevenbvk
Actually you can Column Span the headlines with Paragraph Style/Span Columns/Span: All (or whatever number of columns you want).
if you want to perform column span for the headlines you need to have, as Willi said, at least cs4
...just to be more precise, also for other users...
in the screeshoot above from stevenbvk the headline is not set with option column span.
It is simply a separate text frame from the rest of the text. See the hidden character that indicates the end of story.
So the five columns in this example are set in the master page and the headline in a separate text frame.
This could be make in each version of indesign