How to Link Text Boxes in Adobe InDesign:
In desktop publishing Application Adobe InDesign, if you’re working with a long or complex document—or even a single-page document containing more than one design element—chances are you’ll want to link your text boxes. Since the length of text in any document can be liable to change, it’s important to allow for those changes so that you don’t have to completely redesign the layout of the document.
Imagine that you are writing a magazine article. In this walkthrough, we’ll show you how to link text frames so that text flows seamlessly from frame to frame, even if you insert additional text elsewhere in the text. These instructions should work for all versions of Adobe InDesign, including CS5.5, CS6 and InDesign CC, which is part of Adobe creative Cloud.
Down Your InDesign Vocab
a text frame One of the basic building blocks of InDesign projects. (Conditions text frame and text box can be used interchangeably. QuarkXPress users will specifically be used to calling them text boxes.) Any text you add to your document resides in a container called a text frame or text box. You can move and resize the text frame, and you can change things like the number of columns in the frame or the margin spacing between the text frame and the text inside the frame.
To create a text frame, use Type equipment. (It’s a T-shaped tool.) Click and drag it across the page to create a text frame. then use selection Tool (black arrow) to resize the text frame you created by selecting and dragging the square handles at each corner of the frame.
Now, think about the layout of your document. You want text to flow from one text frame to another, either in a different section of the document or on another page altogether. When you connect two or more text frames, it is called threading or add text frame. A set of linked or threaded text frames is called a story.
every text frame has one in port And a out port. You would use those ports to link the text frame. When you select a text box, you’ll see a square at each corner of the frame. you can drag those handles with selection Tool for resizing the frame. You’ll also see slightly larger squares near the top-left and bottom-right corners. The big square on the top left is in port. the one on the bottom-right is out port.
If the text frame’s out port has a red plus sign, it means the frame isn’t big enough to display all the text in the frame and you’ve got something. ignore text.
How to add a new text frame to a thread
Now that you have the jargon, take a look at the image below. Note the red plus icon telling you that the frame has overset text. Let’s make the overset text in that frame flow into a new text frame at the bottom of the page.
- with him selection Tool (black arrow), select out port of a text frame with overset text.
- that will load a text icon. (also called a text cursor Because your cursor will look like a block of text.)
- Now click or drag the text icon into an empty area to create a new text frame with offset text.
If you change your mind after you start linking two text frames, you can cancel at any time by pressing Getaway key or by selecting any other tool in InDesign’s toolbox. Don’t worry, none of your lessons will be lost if you do this.
How to add an existing frame to a thread
What if you have an existing frame full of text, and you want to add it to a thread? So follow these steps.
- with him selection Select Tools, Text Frame.
- Next, choose in port (to link to a frame before the selected frame) or out port (to connect to the frame after the selected frame). That will load a text icon.
- hover over loaded text icon above the frame you want to link. You can save the loaded text icon. I will see changing thread mark.
- Now click inside the frame you want to link, thread it into the first frame.
The current frame is now part of a threaded story.
How to add a new text frame to the middle of a thread
The process for adding a new text frame in the middle of a sequence of threaded frames is very similar.
- with him selection select tool out port of the frame in the story where you want to insert a frame.
- release the mouse button, and you will see loaded text icon.
- Next, either drag to create a new text frame or select a different frame. That frame will be inserted into the thread of the linked frame containing your story.
How to Unthread Text Frames
If you want to break the link between the text frame and all other text frames in the thread that follows, you can use one of these methods.
Simple way to unthread text frames
with him selection Tool, double-click in one in port or out port. Told you it was easy!
Alternative Method for Unthreading Text Frames
Here’s another way to unthread a text frame.
- with him selection Tools, single-click on one in port or out port Which is already attached to the second frame.
- You’ll see loaded text icon.
- From there you can hover the loaded text icon to the previous or next frame. now you will see unread mark.
- Finally, click inside the frame you want to remove from the thread.
How to remove a text frame from a thread
Let’s say you have three threaded text boxes, and you want to remove the middle frame.
- with him selection Tool, select the frame you want to delete. (maintain slip away To select multiple frames.)
- press backspace or delete.
Deleting a frame in a thread will not delete the text in that frame because text frames are just containers. Instead, the text flows to the next frame of the thread. If there are no other frames in the thread, you will see the overset icon.
Take advantage of InDesign’s features
If you’re new to InDesign, take some time to learn about its features. Learning about tools like Master Pages will help you design documents more quickly and with fewer mistakes. you will not regret it.