A picture is worth a thousand words. Why don't you try attaching a screenshot or two to a post here so that we can see what you''re describing.
Diane I feel so guilty. After creating all this fuss I think I'm gradually working my way through it. However, here are examples of what I mean. In the first screen shot, see how the text in the right column won't fill the bottom line to be aligned with the bottom of the image? Extending the frame doesn't make any difference. In the second one, when I insert the pull quote I seem to lose control of where the body text ends above it - it ends quite a way higher than I want. Once again, thanks for your help and patience. John
If I had to guess, looking at your screen shots, I'd say you have a Keep option set in your style to keep the last two lines of paragraphs together and that there is not sufficent space at the bottoom of the frame for two more lines, but you haven't shown us the frame edges.
Thanks very much Peter. I was going to send you another screen shot but checked the keep options panel first and there was a specification in there. Now it's been removed all is well. Despite having used this wonderful program for a number of years now, I am still constantly discovering new aspects and features. Trouble is, I then tend to forget having implemented them.
Best wishes to you and Diane and thanks again,
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Just so you understand, though, the reason for the keep option would have been to prevent a single line from the end of a paragraph from landing at the top of a column. Can you live with that?
Balancing columns and controlling widows and orphans is pretty much a manual chore, in my experinece and often requires some sort of compormise -- either adjusting a frame height, or in this case perhaps changing the cropping on your image to make it slightly shorter.
D'you know, Peter, I was coming to a similar conclusion myself. In the final amending I think I would rather make changes manually as you suggest by adjusting the image or implementing a column/page break, than entirely trusting an automated feature.