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Now again, just to be on the safe side, let us now hit the V key to deactivate the flow option and what we did here was recreate an individual text frames which are currently on the same height and very well linked together.
Let us say you are going to do this type of layout where every thing is always going to stay on the same height, do we have to always create individual frames and link them, no we do not?
What we are going to do is jump to the next two pages of our spread in order to show exactly how this works. We can use the short cut of shift-page down at this point to jump to page six, shift-page down when I will take this to page seven, which is our next blank page.
Again, we have a standard three columns. What we are going to do is get the text tool. This time we are going to make this frame as we aligned to this top guide that goes across and make sure it only fills these first two columns we see here, so just making sure we are aligned on a margin and the guide. Click and drag with this and all the way across the edge of the second column.
Once again, when it is done, go back to the main selection tool and let us change the height of this from this upper side to again, sort of 30 mm that should roughly matched every thing else that we are doing. What we want is another one of this on the right hand side of the spread so if we scroll across, we can again hold down the ALT key.
This time we should not need the shift key because we have the guide at the top to be able to snap it to. We can come all the way across until it snaps onto the second and third columns and also aligns at the top. Do not forget you can always double check by looking at the YX axis here and this is at 20 mm down. What we can do is pre link this so as soon as we flow from one into the other we do not have to worry about linking again.
We can select the first frame. There is an empty flow icon. We can click on that, come over here to the right hand side and say link, our thread is there. If we can come back across to the first frame and double click it so we are activating the type tool ready to flow text in. Once again, bring up the place dialog box and let us bring in this time the Objets copy. This is just another word document.
Once it is selected, hit Return or Enter and you will see the type flows in automatically going from one frame to the other. How we divide this into two frames on either side. This is the whole point of doing this. Let us go back into the main selection tool for a second. We see the first frame is selected. Let us hold down the shift key and also select the second frame and then if we come up to the object menu, we can go down and choose text frame options. Keyboard short cut for this is CTRL D or command D on the MAC and we will use throughout the training source.
It is a good one to learn. We select that, the text frame options dialog box comes up and just like most of the dialogs inside of InDesign, there is a preview button so definitely, we are turning that on and any changes we make to this now will apply to both of these frames at the same time. So, just pull this down here. You can see that we have the ability to change the columns and the gutter of both of these at the same time so let us push this up to two columns.
You can see that now. There is a division between this and there is also one on the left hand side. We can come here to the gutter, which should be 10 mm and just clicking that one at a time and you will see that it is now reformatting the type perfectly so we have two text columns inside one text frame on either side perfectly divided with 10 mm.
So, go ahead and click okay. We can just double check that it is the same layout on the left side as well as the right side and this shows you how you can generate text frames that are on the same height but divided within one objects. So, it is actually easier to take care of them.