Frame text is perfect for presenting paragraphs with a formalized structure and layout. If you want to present text in columns, frame text is the ideal solution.
By clicking in the drawn frame then typing, you're able to fill the frame with frame text. If excess text overflows the bottom of the frame, you can either reduce the text's font size from the context toolbar or make the text frame larger; both methods will make the text fit the frame.
Frame text can be created within rectangular (square) frames using the Frame Text Tool or within any curve or closed shape.
To create frame text:
With the Frame Text Tool selected:
Drag on the page. This sets the initial size of the text frame.
Do one of the following:
Type your text.
Paste (V) previously copied text.
From the File menu, select Place. In the pop-up dialog, navigate to and select a file, and click Open.
Resizing text frames
When resizing a frame you can control whether:
Text remains at its set size and reflows through the frame.
Text scales as the frame is resized.
Any extra space at the bottom of the frame is to be removed after resize.
To reflow text:
With the text frame selected, do one of the following:
To resize height and width simultaneously, drag the object's corner handles.
To resize height and width independently, drag the object's side handles.
To scale text:
With the text frame selected, drag the object's scale handle (extends from the bottom-right corner of the selection).
To fit frame to frame text:
Double-click the edge handle at the bottom centre of the text frame. If extra space exists between the last line of text and the frame's bottom edge, the space will be removed.
Aligning text in text frames
Horizontal alignment is a paragraph attribute which can be altered via the Text context toolbar. Vertical alignment of text within a frame is a frame attribute. The latter is good for aligning text centrally with adjacent graphics.
To vertically align frame text:
From the Text menu, select an option from the Vertical Alignment sub-menu.
Using placeholder text
If you're designing before full copy has been written, you can use placeholder (filler) text to help you progress with your project.
To add filler text:
With the text frame selected, from the Text select Insert Filler Text.