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Flowing text & Autoflow

How do I connect my Text areas to enable flowing text?

When text overflows the bottom of the text area, an overflow indicator is shown on the bottom of the area. Drag this over any other text area, the overflow text will flow into the new text area, and the two areas become connected.

There is a quick way to create flowing text. If the text cursor is in an area with overflowing text, then just click-drag on the page to create a new text area. The new text area is automatically connected and text will flow into the new area.

How do I disconnect linked Text areas?

Drag on the overflow indicator and drop it away from any text area.

What happens if I delete a linked Text area?

The text area will be removed but the text it contains will remain and re-flow into the remaining text areas.

Can I link Text areas across pages?


You can flow text from one area to another on any page. This can be achieved in one of two ways

  1. Automatic text flow - Automatically create new pages using Text flow (Autoflow)

    A text area can flow onto a new page automatically when the text in it overflows. This feature can be turned on for any text area and it is on by default in the text areas in the COLUMN templates available under "FILE" > "NEW".

    Right click in the text area and choose Advanced Text Properties. Enable the "Automatically create new pages" option. Alternatively, click on a text area's flow control and enable the 'Automatically create new pages' option.

    When a new page is created using this feature, it's placed immediately following the current page. The new page is just as it would be if you'd added it manually (it will have the same background and repeating objects of the current page). But in addition it will also have a copy of each of the text areas on the current page that are linked to the current text flow and they will be linked together similarly. You can therefore continue entering text into the text flow and new pages will be added as required to accommodate it, just as in a word processor. <-- end new text flow -->
  2. Manual text flow - Manually link text areas across pages

    Simply connect your text areas across pages in the same way as you connect two text areas on the same page. You can use the zoom tool and zoom out to a small page size allowing you to drag the overflow arrow across pages.

Can I alter text areas within an automatic flow independently ?

Often your document will have similar layouts of text areas across multiple pages. If you make a change to a text area on one page, you may want that same change to be reflected for all similar areas in the same flow. So if you move or resize a text area and there are similar areas in the same flow on other pages (that is, they have the same size and position on the page) Page & Layout Designer will ask you if you want to change those areas too.

Note that if you choose not to have an area change applied to all similar areas in the flow, the modified area will no longer match those in the rest of the flow. Therefore any subsequent changes you make to that area will not trigger the prompt. 

Can I insert column and page breaks within my Text area

Yes, Text areas support both Column and Page breaks.  From within the Text tool,  right-click at the point in the text where which you want the break to occur. Then select "Insert" > "Column break".  All the text after the column break now appears in the next linked text area in the current flow, whether that area is on the same page or the next page.  Alternatively, press Ctrl+Shift+Return  to insert a column break


Inserting a page break is achieved by right-click at the point in the text where which you want the break to occur. Then select "Insert" > "Page break". Alternatively, press Ctrl+Return  to insert a column break

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  1. Robert Turner

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