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Change Text Frame Options in an InDesign CS5 Publication

After creating an InDesign Creative Suite 5 text frame, you can easily change the text frame's options (inset spacing, alignment, or paragraph spacing) if you like.

  1. Create a rectangular text frame on the page and select the frame.

    You can tell that a text frame is selected when it has handles around its bounding box.

  2. Choose Object→Text Frame Options.

    The Text Frame Options dialog box appears, showing you the current settings for the selected text frame.

    You can also press Ctrl+B (Windows) or Cmd+B (Mac) or use the text frame’s contextual menu to open the Text Frame Options dialog box.

  3. Select the Preview check box to automatically view updates.

    Now any changes you make in the dialog box are instantly updated on the page, so you can make selections and see how they’ll look before you apply them.

  4. In the Inset Spacing area of the dialog box, change the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right values.

    These values are used to inset text from the edges of the text frame. The text is pushed inside the frame edge by the value you set.

  5. From the Align drop-down list, select the text's vertical alignment.

    You can align the text to the top or bottom of the text frame, center it vertically in the frame, or evenly space the lines in the frame from top to bottom (Justify).

  6. When you finish making changes in this dialog box, click OK.

    The changes you made are applied to the text frame.

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