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Live Previews of Line Break Changes

When you drag a side handle of a text frame to change its width, the frame side moves but the text stays where it was, at its original width and with its original line breaks. It’s not until you release the mouse button that you see the text rewrap to the new frame width.

If you want, you can monitor how the line breaks change in response to your resizing as you drag in real-time. The trick is hold your mouse button down on the side handle for a couple seconds before you start to drag. You’ll see the double-headed arrow cursor flash to a single large arrowhead briefly and then change back to the double-headed arrow.

Wait for that flash, and now as you drag, you’ll see the lines recompose themselves to keep up with the ever-changing width of the text frame. It’s perfect for those times when the reason you’re adjusting a text frame’s width in the first place is to tweak the line breaks!

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie
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3 Comments on “Live Previews of Line Break Changes

  1. This “live preview” feature works on all kinds of things in InDesign, too! For example, if you move an object quickly, you only see its outline. But if you click and hold on the object for about a second and then move it, you’ll see the object itself move. Adobe did this for performance reasons.

  2. Pingback: Indesign - Previews de alterações de quebra de linha ao vivo | Clube do Design | Dicas para designers

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