Before using any of the text-flow methods, first "load" your cursor. To do that choose File>Place, navigate to the text file you wish to import, and then click Open.
For those of you who remember PageMaker, InDesign's text-flow methods will feel comfortably familiar. Those more familiar with QuarkXPress may be tempted to say something like, "You mean I don't have to draw a text box?"because InDesign's text-flow methods are fast and fluid.
Once you have a loaded type cursor, the size of your text frame is determined by the document's column and margin settings. Simply click at the top of the column to flow a single column of text. Note that the arrow in the loaded cursor icon will change from black to white when the cursor is over a guide. If there's more text to comeoverset textyou'll need to click on the red arrow at the bottom left of the text frame to "reload" your cursor. Then move to where you want the over matter to goeither a new column or a new pageand click at the top of the column or page to flow another text frame.
Figure 2.2. The Place Menu (Cmd+D/Ctrl+D).
Alternatively, if you don't want the width and depth of a text frame determined by your document's columns, click and drag the loaded type cursor to the size you want. When you release the mouse button, text will flow into the area you have defined. If there is more text to be placed, click the out port to reload your cursor, then click in the next text frame to continue the text flow.
Each text frame contains an in port and an out port, which are used to make connections to other text frames. An empty in port or out port indicates the beginning or end of a story, respectively. An arrow in a port indicates that the frame is linked to another frame. A red plus sign (+) in an out port indicates that there is overset textmore text than will fit in the current text frame(s). To flow the overset text, select the frame with the Selection Tool, click the out port, and then flow another text frame.
Figure 2.3. Anatomy of a Text Frame. A. Text frame containing a whole story. B. The same text frame resized so that the text is overset.
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Figure 2.4. Manual Text Flow icon.
Figure 2.5. The Autoflow icon.
Figure 2.6. The Semi-Autoflow icon.
Figure 2.7. Fixed Page Autoflow icon .