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One of the most common questions that I get asked about working with text in iBooks Author is, how do you create linked text boxes? It's actually pretty easy to do, but Apple hasn't made it very obvious. If you're following along, I have a blank document open to a blank layout page. It's important to note that creating linked text boxes only works on layout pages and will not work on a page that has already been inserted into your book. All you need to do is first create a text box by clicking the Text Box button.
I'll go and move the text box over here to the side. Then we'll go ahead and select the text inside of the text box. And we'll go up to the Format menu, we're going to come all the way down to the bottom to Advanced, and make sure Define as Placeholder Text is checked. And then you also want to check Enable Placeholder Text Authoring. Then you want to make sure that your Inspector is open to the Layout tab. Come down to the Layout Object and check the box that says Editable on pages using this layout.
You then click the dropdown menu for Tag and select Body. As soon as you do, you'll notice there's two small arrows, one in the lower-right and one in the upper-left that have appeared as part of our text box. We can then click on that arrow and a pop -up window appears letting us know that we can now click and drag to create a new text box, and that text box also has the link text arrow. We can click on that and then click and drag in another location to create a third text box.
We can make as many of these as we want. We can even create another text box that would flow text into the first box. Now that we have these set up, let me just go ahead and resize this text box just a little bit, and I'll go ahead, Type to enter text into this box and have it flow into the next. And there you go. That's you all you need to do. Just make sure that you set all those parameters and you can create text that flows from one location to another inside of a page layout.
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