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Flowing Text

Flowing Text

Adding text boxes and flowing content between them is a central part of any page layout project. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon, and then use the Insert Text Box tool to draw some text boxes. A simple but effective design for the front page might include three text boxes across two columns, two on the left and one on the right, with the top-left text box ultimately being formatted slightly different to the others so that it captures the eye and leads the reader into the article. This is the sort of arrangement you’ll see in many magazines.

Whereas traditional word processor documents are essentially just one big text box, a page layout document can have as many text boxes as you want, and by linking them together, text can flow from one text box to the next, either on the same page or across several different pages. To link text boxes, click on the Format tab of the Ribbon, and then select the first text box. If this text box contains overflowing text, a small blue A… icon appears at the bottom. Click on the Create Link button on the Ribbon, and then click inside a second text box (see Figure 6). To connect another text box, click on the second text box, press Create Link again, and click inside a third text box. Repeat this for each text box you want connected.

By default, text wraps around images. To adjust the wrap settings, select an image, and from the Format Picture tab of the Ribbon, select the Wrap Text pull-down menu.

Figure 6 Create links to get text flowing between text boxes.

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