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Thus far, when I've placed a text file, I've just placed a single text file, but we have the option of placing multiple text files at the same time. We can do this either through the Place command, or we can do it through Bridge. So if we're doing it through the Place command, I'm going to press Command+D or Control+D and we get to this folder, where I have these three stories. Hold down the Shift key, select all of them. If I want to make in non-contiguous selection, I'd hold down the Command or Control key, then click Open, and you can see that I now have on my type cursor three stories.
It tells me in parentheses the number of stories, and if I wish, I can cycle through those. If I'm not ready to place this first story, I can press my cursor arrow, my right arrow, or my down arrow, and we'll cycle through to the next story. If I'd like to clear my cursor, then I just my Escape key. I'm now down to two stories, Escape again, down to one, and a third time, and my cursor is now completely clear. So let's look at doing the same thing, but using Bridge, or Mini Bridge; either would work.
I am going to actually use, in this case, Bridge. So I'm going to access Bridge from the Application menu right there. I could also get to it from the File menu, and choose Browse in Bridge. In Bridge, I'll navigate to the relevant folder, and there are the text files, and I'm seeing just generic text icons there. And if I want to collapse Bridge to compact mode, I'll press Command+Return. I will park this in a way that's not too obtrusive. Command+A or Control+A to select all of those stories, and then I can just drag that content from Bridge, and then click back on InDesign interface, and I'm at the point where I was before; three stories on my loaded type cursor.
I'm just going to come and minimize Bridge, so that's not in the way. Now, just to make this a little bit easier, I have color coded these stories. We'll just take a look at this document. I have four pages. On page 1, I have two text frames; one red, one blue. Pages 2 and 3, there is a continuation of the blue text frame. These are threaded together. Then we have green text frames. The thread for the green story runs through to page 4, and the thread for the blue story also to page 4.
So if I come to page 1, here's the story that I want to go into the blue text frame. Now, it's not necessary to put them on separate layers, and have them color coded. I'm just doing this to hopefully make it a little bit more obvious what I am doing. So if I click in there, you'll see the story now flows from page 1 to pages 2 and 3, and then to page 4. I can now come back to page 1, and I want to place my next story, but this goes into the three column text frame that I have at the bottom of page 1, and I'd like it to be in this one.
Click right there; it's going to fill up that text fame. This text frame is not threaded to any others, so the text becomes overset at this point, indicated by the red plus. I have one story left to place. I'll come to pages 2 and 3, and that can go right there. You can see that that goes from page 2 to page 3, and then to page 4. So Multiple Place allows us to place more than one story at any given time, and in the case of this example, I had the text threads already established, so that the text flowed from page 1, to 2, to 3, et cetera.
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