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About this lesson
How to handle too much text and control the overflow to another text box.
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Textbox – Overflow Text
Become familiar with the text box signals and how to handle overflow text.
When to use
Anytime you run out of room in a text box, that's when you need to handle overflow text. Recognize the parts and elements of the text box and you will be able to solve the mystery of the vanishing overflow text!
- Begin by opening the corresponding Exercise File with this lesson, or to go File, New and find the Newsletter (Soft Blue design).
- Observe the Navigation Pane and click into page 4.
(To get the Nav Pane, click View, Page Navigation.)
- When you click into the story headlines, notice 2 new ribbons appear. These identify the headline as a Text Box and provide new tools for formatting.
- Click and drag a word in a text box and observe the mini-bar that appears on the screen. This is the fastest way to get your font format tools beside your work area.
- Using a round or square handle on the text box border, shrink the size of the text box until the outer handles turn red. This indicates there is text that cannot be seen inside the text box.
- When a text box is too small for the text length, red handles appear to warn you that some of the text is not viewable.
- By activating the tiny ellipsis button on the text box, you can “spill” the text into another textbox. Essentially creating overflow text to a new box.
- To find where the original text came from, a new "arrow" on the overflow box will appear, and will highlight all corresponding text when clicked:
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