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Author Anne-Marie Concepción gives a comprehensive demonstration of the latest features in Adobe InDesign CS5, including desktop publishing tips, workarounds, and practical applications of each feature. InDesign CS5 New Features covers creating interactive documents, tracking text changes with Word, a number of object selection and transformation enhancements, and the ability to mix page sizes. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here's another way that InDesign CS5 makes our lives easier when we're laying out documents. And that is with the new Balance Columns command. Again, this only applies to single text frames that are set up in multiple columns, sort of like how the new Span Columns command only applies to multiple-columned single text frames. So here we have an example on the left. I'm going to hide Guides just by choosing Hide Guides up here so that we can see for sure how this is working. Now this is a two-column text frame. And you can see how it's uneven at the bottom.
Let's zoom in a bit to fit this better. Now, there are some people and some workflows where this is completely forbidden. You would either have to fill out the text with additional text to bring it all the way to the bottom or you'd have to do things like find a good breaking point and pressing the Enter key or something to try and even up the text. Let me delete that, alright. But what we can you instead in CS5 is simply select the entire frame with the Selection tool and then go to Text Frame Options in the Object menu and turn on this wonderful little command called Balance Columns.
Let me turn on the Preview command so we can see what it does immediately. Look at that. So it just evens up the text as much as it can. Apparently, we have an odd number of lines, and it keeps it that way. So we're going to click OK and then I'll just go ahead and select some text here and copy it. Then I'll click here and paste. And you can see how it just resets the paragraphs to keep it as even as possible. So it's pretty neat. That's called the Balance Columns command and again that's in the Text Frame Options. You can include that in an Object Style.
So if I select this text frame and Option+ Click or Alt+Click on New Object Style command, you can see that under Text Frame General Options, we have the Balance Columns command. So you can just make that part of your style for all of your multi-column text frames.
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