Now, what we have done here is go through pages individually and bring in small amounts of type. InDesign also gives you the power to create long documents where the type is automatically flowing from page to page to page, without you having to set things up. What we are going to do before we try that is make sure we save our document. So, go ahead and hit CONTORL S or COMMAND S or come up here to the File menu and just go and choose Save.
What we will do now is press CONTROL N or COMMAND N on the Mac to bring out the New Document dialog box and make sure that from the document presets up here, we are only using the default, so, just back to the standard letter settings. We have only got one page, no Master Text Frame. Go ahead and click okay and then bring up the Place dialog box. So, we are not starting with any Text Frames here, we will simply just go ahead and choose a file. The one at the very top is called Autoflow Text document. This is just a Word file containing pages and pages and pages of the Placeholder Text. Select that, click open and there is a couple of options here. If we click anywhere inside the margins even though there is no Text Frame and just said “go,” it will fill our entire page with that type, but there is overflow.
So, here is an option. Undo that, instead of just clicking and letting go, if you hold down your Shift key here, you will see the cursor changes from the regular loaded text cursor to an Autoflow cursor, very similar to the one we saw a little while ago, but now if you hold down the Shift key and click, have a look at what happens to the Pages palette when you do this. It will now create as many pages as necessary to house all of the type within that Word file. So, if you jump to any one of these pages by double clicking it, you can see the type is flowing from page to page to page automatically. Come back to any one of those spreads and maybe just select it, come up to the View menu and say, Show the Text Threads once more. You can see, even if you scroll from page to page that those spreads are linking from one frame to the other automatically across the entire thing.
Now, this is all well and good if you have a file that just wants to be float into standard page layouts like this and maybe you have a layout that say, three columns, it has automatic page number and you really want to control that, well, that is also doable as well. This is not just the only way we can do this. What we will do is press CONTROL W or COMMAND W on the Mac to close this file and choose not to save it. Go ahead and click No, our original file is still beneath it. What we will do now is jump quickly to Bridge to go back up to the Control palette, the upper right hand side and click the Browse icon to take us over into Bridge. We should still see the PDF files that we were looking at earlier on. What we are going to do is choose Project Files here on the left hand side from our Favorites. Let us open up the InDesign files folders on the right hand side. Inside there, you should see all our InDesign files including very importantly our Museum Brochure right down here. You can see it even contains a preview now of those two elements we do have on page 1 of the spread. But you will see there is a document in here towards the top called Autoflow.indd. I want you to go ahead and double click that open it inside of InDesign and what you will see is a page layout that again has Bleed, it has three columns, 10 mm margin. If you look down in the lower right hand side, you zoom up on there using our keyboard shortcut, CONTROL and SPACE or COMMAND SPACE on the Mac, we can see it is automatically set to have folios. So, this says 1 because we are currently on page 1.
Just go back to fit in window again for a second. If we come up to the Pages palette and double click either of the mouse to the page icons to take us into the Master Pages, you will see that if you select the first column, there are three Text frames on the left, all of which are linked together. Come across here to the right hand side. The third one is also li