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Making Split Columns honor Keep Options

If you have InDesign CS5, and you have the text frame below…

…you can use the new “Split Columns” feature to make the body text split into 2 columns, like so:

But unfortunately when you use the Split Columns feature, InDesign ignores any Keep Options that are applied to the text. In the example above, I have these keep options applied to the body text:

Note that the highlighted paragraph isn’t been kept together within a column as it should. Hopefully, this will be fixed in a future release. But in the meantime, here’s a workaround that will work in some situations.

For a situation like this, instead of using a single column frame that contains body text that is split into two columns, use a two column frame that has the headline set to “Span 2 Columns”.

Now the Keep Options are preserved for the body text.

Keith Gilbert

Keith Gilbert

Keith Gilbert is a digital publishing consultant and educator, Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional, conference speaker, author, and contributing writer for various publications. His work has taken him throughout North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. During his 30 years as a consultant, his clients have included Adobe, Apple, Target, the United Nations, Best Buy, General Mills, Lands' End, and Medtronic. Follow him on Twitter @gilbertconsult and at
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