Now make sure that the top layer is now select. Because we are going to draw a new text object and when we created a frame a minute ago, we did draw a standard frame using either of these tools and turn them into text frames. But the type tool itself can generate text frames from scratch. So anywhere inside this middle column that we have here I am just going to start on the left hand side of it. On this margin just going to click and drag and you will see a new frame is created as you snap to the right hand margin and let go we now have a cell a brand new text frame.
Now at this point, just go back to main selection tool for a second because there is something that is sort of stands out here. We have a gray background on top of which we drawn o text frame. And a selection color for this frame and a layer is green. Watching this on your computer screen it does not necessarily show up very will. I can even see that here inside the InDesign document. What will be better is if this border was actually a slightly darker color. We can easily affect that by double clicking on the name of the layer and the layer palate once again. We have a whole selection of colors that we can choose or I am going to do is go down to the very next one which is blue. If we go ahead and choose our key on that you will that this at least shows up a lot better on that gray background.
Now, I want to change the height of this text frame, I want you might notice by default when we have the text frames selected using the main selection tool we have some of the option we seen already such as the angle point up her in the control palate the x and y position and the weight and the height of an object. But this icon here tells us that the properties for the weight and height are actually locked together. This means if we change one of them they will both change together in proportion. So the moment, if you will not in change in column to set correctly it should tell you that the weight of this frame is 37.467 mm. Let us say we highlight that value and change it to 50 and hit return on into said okay you notes that not only the weight change but also the height that is because there link together. So quickly onto that change come on see your controls see on the PC click the link icon to break that link between the two of them. What we are going to do is change that height her to a round figure of 75 mm. Now the angle point was set to the top of this point so the top values stayed where it was. The additional amount of mm where applied here along with the button.
Now, when you create a new text frame something that is very important is every frame uses what is called a default paragraph style. We come across to the right hand set of palletes we see we have object styles a paragraph and characters style go ahead and select the paragraph style pallete and you see there is a default here called the basic paragraph. This is used for every new text frame. Now if we double click that to open up the paragraph style options we can see that it has very, very basic settings. If we click up here where it says basic character formats, I can see that it font family at this point is using Times New Roman and it is an open type font but it has this square brackets surround it. Now, that actually means in this case, in this may only be on my machine you may not have this issue but it means that the font that is currently selected is not available on my machine. So what we will do is I am just going to click on that to get all of the option hat we have and I am just going to choose something very generic maybe Arial. So, just standard Arial type phase and the main reason I am bringing up this dialog is I want to change the size. Nine times out of ten I will not used 12 point. I will always start with something slightly smaller, so I am just going to change the default point size her down to around 10 it will just a look a little bit smoother. If we go ahead and click okay that has change basic paragraph style. If we come back over here to a text frame and simply double inside it to activate the type tool we can comeback up to the control palette and I am be free mention early there on that we have two icons up here that divide all of the function for type. We currently viewing the paragraph formatting controls which are all of the items you can see across the top here. If we come up to the top button it is the character formatting controls we can see that it has default to Arial and 10 point on standard automatic leading which in this case is about 12 point in line spacing. So just by specifying that one change every new text frame we draw from here on will at least have font that is on system and is set to 10 point.