InDesign includes a semi-autoflow method of threading text frames, which incorporates a few automatic shortcuts but varies only slightly from the manual method. Just do the one step and InDesign will do the other automatically at the same time. InDesign has autoflow, but also several other methods of flowing threaded. Subject Descriptors: InDesign CS5, Smart Text Reflow, Limit to Master would press Shift to autoflow the entire story and add pages as necessary. You will notice that unlike CS3, there is no overset in the corner of your.

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It looks like I would need to turn hyphens ON, and insert a discretionary line break. I get the little red plus sign below in the last text-box, that indicates that I have overset text. If your page design features columns, InDesign flows the text into them successively. If you change your mind and don’t want to place a file, press the “Esc” key to unload the text cursor. This causes InDesign to have overset text, and not being able to auto-flow the text.

Things Needed Text or word-processing document. Warning Text that fills numerous columns and pages when you place it may occupy auhoflow or less space after you style it in your desired typeface and size. Adobe InDesign’s autoflow could fill all the pages of the two-column layout of this dictionary. Go to original post.

The format of the text is unimportant I have tried. Would additional hyphens be a problem?

Mott has extensive experience writing advertising copy for everything from kitchen appliances and financial services to education and tourism. How to Use Autoflow in InDesign. Thanks in advance for both your time and help.

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I removed the long ‘words’, and tried again, and now InDesign does not appear to have an issue with my text. Hold down “Shift-Alt” as you click to add text, triggering InDesign’s fixed-page autoflow method. Any changes you make to typeface size, indesigm and other attributes while InDesign displays a loaded text cursor don’t apply to the text you’re about to add to your pages.


Hyphenation is a paragraph level attribute, so indessign can be found inthe panel menu for the Paragraph panel or the Control indeskgn when the Text tool is active, or it can be turned on or off in the paragraph style assigned to the text, which is probably the best place to do it. I would prefer to solve the problem wthout adding extra hyphens. You don’t have JavaScript enabled. It was already ON. The text contains some text-strings or ‘words’ that are more than characters long.

How do I turn hyphens ON? You can not post a blank message. It seems you have hyphenation turned off at the moment OR ID most likley would have inserted hyphens to break the words across multiple lines. Is there a problem if these words are hyphenated? Tips To fit your text into a series of linked boxed that don’t fill your pages or columns and still take advantage of autoflow, you can use the semi-autoflow method to create text frames in specific places on your page, then switch to the autoflow method to fill the remaining pages and add more as necessary.

Small Business – Chron. If your text length exceeds the amount that will fit on one page, InDesign adds as many pages as necessary to accommodate your placed material. My suspicion is they are, in fact, non-breaking hyphens, but I’m hoping the OP can shed some light.

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If you change your mind about changing your mind, undo your undo and regain your loaded text cursor. If it’s “yes” you can insert Discretionary Line Break characters to allow the words to break, but automating the process might be difficult.

So the problem is caused by the long ‘words’. Correct Answers – 10 points. I have a lot of places in the text where I have these long ‘words’, and I would like to avoid too much clicking and inserting to get around this issue. Elizabeth Mott has been a writer since This tool uses JavaScript and much of it will not work correctly without it enabled.


If additional text remains unplaced, click on the red overset mark on the out port at the bottom right of the last text frame to reload your text cursor. Thanks this solved the problem.

Additional hyphens would be a problem. I had dashes in my text not hyphens.

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I found the hyphenation. Undoing an autoflow process removes any pages added by autoflow. Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. If hyphens are not acceptable, is a break in the word without a hyphen acceptable? Why don’t the words break at the hyphens? I think you probably want regular hyphens, not discretionary, if autoclow are meant to be there. If your placed document contains more text than will fit in the area you filled, your cursor automatically remains set in loaded-text mode.

A lot more detail would really atoflow.

I have to say that some screenshots might be useful, too. Navigate to the location of the document you want to place.

I searched for dashes and replaced them with ‘discretionary hyphens’, and the text started flowing. All the long words apart from one already have hyphens in them. References 1 Adobe Systems: Hold down the “Alt” key and autof,ow to fill a one-column page or the column on which you click on a multicolumn page.

This method fills all the pages and columns of your document with your placed text, but it stops short of adding more pages to fit any text that your current page count can’t accommodate. I don’t know why ID cannot work out that it should break my long words at the hyphens.