InDesign 101: Flowing Text
Importing text seems simple: You choose File > Place (or press Command/Ctrl+D) and navigate to a text file to place it onto your page.
But once that place cursor is loaded, what are your options? What’s going to happen if you click, click and drag, click inside an existing frame, or click on the pasteboard? You’ve got a lot of decisions to make, and—as always—the more you know about these basic functions, the more productive you’re going to be in InDesign.
Remember that InDesign can import only plain text, RTF, or Word documents, so if you have some other format (such as Open Document Format), you’re going to have to convert it to something InDesign can read. And I’m not going to go into the options you get when you choose “Import Options” in the Place dialog box—that’ll have to be a topic for another day.
Instead, I’m going to focus on that place cursor. Here’s a rundown of all your options.. . . .
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