Resize and Move InDesign CS5 Text Frames - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

Text frames in InDesign Creative Suite 5 only display as much text as will fit. Resize the frame to display more text if needed, and move (reposition) frames to create a pleasing layout.

If you paste 50 lines of content into a text frame that’s 20 lines tall, the last 30 lines still exist beyond the frame’s boundaries. Resize the text frame or have the text flow to another frame to see the rest of the text you pasted. A frame that has more content displays a small plus sign (+) in a special handle in the text frame’s bounding box.

Resize text frames and move them around the document as you figure out how you want the page layout to look.

1Use the Selection tool to select a text frame on the page.

A bounding box with handles appears on the page. If the text frame has more text than it can show at the current size, a small handle with a red box appears on the bounding box. Therefore, you can’t use this handle to resize the text frame.

2Drag one of the handles to resize the text frame.

The frame updates automatically on the page while you drag the handles. Change the frame’s width or height by dragging the handles at the center of each side of the frame, or change the height and the width at the same time by dragging a corner handle.

Shift-drag a corner handle to scale the text frame proportionally.

3To move the text frame, click within the frame and drag it around the page.

An outline of the frame follows the cursor and represents the spot where the frame is placed if you release the mouse button. Simply release the frame when you finish moving it.

If you’re using guides or grids on the page, the text frame snaps to them. Also, if you opened a document with columns, the text frame snaps to the columns when you drag the frame close to the column guidelines.