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In this movie we're going to see how we can whip our text into shape in no time at all using page breaks, and then another example using frame breaks. So here in this long document, it's just a single column of text. I have various different chapters and the chapters occur wherever they land at the moment, and obviously that's not what we want, we need to have the chapters beginning at the top of a page. So the way we absolutely don't do this is by coming in and inserting our cursor in front of the chapter number and then just pressing Return as many times as necessary to force that text over into the next page, that is just going to cause you no end of grief as you edit the text, or as your text reflows.
So don't do it that way, instead all you need to do is come and change the definition of this, the chapter number style. So whatever is the first paragraph that should occur at the top of each of your pages, you want to incorporate into that paragraph style this attribute, so I'm going to come to my Paragraph Styles right-click on that paragraph style name and then come to my Keep Options. And the default keep option is Stat Paragraph > Anywhere, i.e.
start it after the previous paragraph. I'm going to change that to On Next Page, or I could, be more specific if I always want my chances to start on a right-hand or Odd Page I could choose that. So then when I click OK, we can now take a spin through this document, and we can see that we know have our chapters starting at the top of the right-hand page. In a similar vein, we can use the Nextframe keep option to force the text into the next text frame within a text thread.
Now I have mentioned text threads before, let's just turn on the Guides, and let's imagine here that we have some sort of step-by-step text with the great frames just as placeholders for pictures, so we have got one through eight steps, and we want each step to occur underneath the relevant picture, and I'm just going to remind you of the text threads viewing option Show Text Threads, so we can see the flow of the text from one, to two, to three, to four, et cetera, I'll now turn that off.
So, how do we make this happen very easily? Again it relies upon using Paragraph Styles, as so much an InDesign does, and I'm going to go to my Layers panel now where I'll turn off the text layer and turn on the start layer. So this is how the text begins with each of the numbered steps just starting after the previous paragraph. All I need to do is come and edit one of those paragraph style definitions.
So I have come to my Paragraph Styles. Now assuming that, in this case, the paragraph style which I have named step no break is applied to each of these, when I edit that style, and go to the Keep Options and say Start Paragraph > In Next Frame, then my text automatically falls into place, couldn't be easier. So there we see pagebreaks applied using the start on next page, in this case start on next odd page command, and here frame breaks achieved through Keep Options start in next frame.
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