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New Contest! The Mystery of the Text That Wouldn’t Align Right

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’re given a file with a list of items in two columns, followed by note with an asterisk. The note sits in its own paragraph, in a threaded text frame directly after the list.

The note is currently aligned to the left, but you’ve been asked to make it align to the right side of the text frame, which extends to the page margins.

You put your cursor in the note paragraph and click the button in the Control panel for right alignment.

The note paragraph moves to the right, but it’s still nowhere near the right side of the text frame.

Also, if you click the button in the Control panel for center alignment, the note text moves but it is not centered in the text frame.

All text frames on the page are single-column frames with no inset spacing.

There are no indents on any paragraphs and nothing is affected by text wrap.

Why is the text aligning in this manner?

This month’s prize is full access for 3 months to the video archives for PePCon 2016 or the CreativePro Conference (up to $495 value!).

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before June 21, 2017

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 courses on InDesign and Illustrator. Husband. Dad. Dog walker.
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