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Combining and linking paragraph text frames in CorelDRAW

 

Combining and linking paragraph text frames in CorelDRAW

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Combining and linking paragraph text frames

You can combine paragraph text frames. You can also break paragraph text frames apart into subcomponents — columns, paragraphs, bullets, lines, words, and characters. Every time you break apart a text frame, the subcomponents are placed into separate paragraph text frames.

Linking paragraph text frames directs the flow of text from one text frame to another if the amount of text exceeds the size of the first text frame. If you shrink or enlarge a linked paragraph text frame, or change the size of the text, the amount of text in the next text frame is automatically adjusted. You can link paragraph text frames before or after you type text.

You cannot link artistic text. However, you can link a paragraph text frame to an open or closed object. When you link a paragraph text frame to an open object (for example, a line), the text flows along the path of the line. Linking a text frame to a closed object (for example, a rectangle) inserts a paragraph text frame and directs the flow of text inside the object. If text exceeds the open or closed path, you can link the text to another text frame or object. You can also link to paragraph text frames and objects across pages.

After linking paragraph text frames, you can redirect the flow from one object or text frame to another. When you select the text frame or object, a blue arrow indicates the direction of the text flow. You can hide or display these arrows.

You can make text flow between frames and objects by linking the text.

You can remove links between multiple paragraph text frames, and between paragraph text frames and objects. When you have only two linked paragraph text frames and you remove the link, the text flows into the remaining paragraph text frame. Removing a link between paragraph text frames with a series of links redirects the flow of text into the next paragraph text frame or object.

By default, CorelDRAW applies paragraph formatting such as columns, drop caps, and bullets to only the selected paragraph text frames; however, you can change your settings so that formatting is applied to all linked frames, or all selected and subsequently linked frames. For example, if you apply columns to the text in one text frame, you can choose whether you want all of the linked frames to also be formatted in columns.

 

Process to combine or break apart paragraph text frames

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To combine or break apart paragraph text frames  

  1. Select a text frame.
    If you are combining text frames, hold down Shift, and select subsequent text frames using the Pick tool .

  2. Click Arrange, and click one of the following:

    • Combine

    • Break apart

  • Text frames with envelopes, text fitted to a path, and linked frames cannot be combined.

  • If you select a text frame with columns first, the combined text frame will have columns.

 

Process to link paragraph text frames and objects

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To link paragraph text frames and objects

  1. Select the starting text frame using the Text tool .

  2. Click the Text flow tab at the bottom of the text frame or object.

  3. If the frame cannot hold all the text, the tab contains an arrow .

  4. When the pointer changes to a Link to pointer , click the frame or object into which you want to continue the text flow.

  5. If the frame or object is on a different page, first click the corresponding Page tab on the Document Navigator.

  • If a text frame is linked, the Text flow tab changes , and a blue arrow indicates the direction of text flow. If the linked text is on another page, the page number and a dashed blue line are displayed.

    To link paragraph text frames successfully, the text frames cannot be automatically sized.


Process to change text flow to a different text frame or object

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To change text flow to a different text frame or object

  1. Using the Pick tool , click the Text flow tab at the bottom of the text frame or object from which you want to change the link.
  2. Select the new text frame or object into which you want the text flow to continue.

 

Process to remove links between text frames or objects

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To remove links between text frames or objects

  1. Click the text frame to which another text frame is linked.

  2. Click Arrange Break apart.

The linked text frames can be on different pages.

 

Process To choose formatting options for paragraph text frame

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To choose formatting options for paragraph text frame

  1. Click Tools Options.

  2. In the list of categories, double-click Text, and click Paragraph.
    If you want to hide or display the text flow indicators, disable or enable the Show linking of text frames check box.

  3. Enable one of the following options:

    • To all linked frames — applies paragraph formatting to selected frames and all frames linked to them

    • To selected frames only — applies paragraph formatting to only the selected frames

    • To selected and subsequent frames — applies paragraph formatting to selected frames and any frames later linked to these frames

 

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