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New Contest! The Crazy Column

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here’s the scenario: 

You receive a layout and are tasked with making some edits, which include removing a figure.

When you delete the figure, the column it was placed in “explodes.”

The text no longer aligns to the baseline grid, even though you can see that option is turned on in the Control and Paragraph panels.

Likewise, values you see in the Control and Character/Paragraph panels, like leading and space before and after, don’t reflect what’s happening on the page.

There are no overrides to the text styles, and no other objects on the spread are affecting the text.

What caused the text spacing to change when the figure was removed?


This month’s prize is 3 months access to videos of any 2 days of CreativePro Week 2017.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before January 26, 2018

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post so no one gives away the answer. Good luck!

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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