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The Crazy Column Contest Answer and Winner

It’s time to reveal the solution—and the winner—for this month’s InDesignSecrets contest!

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?

Solution: The text frame was set to vertically justify the text. The figure had text wrap applied to it, so when it was removed, the text spacing had to expand vertically to fill the whole column. Since the text frame option for vertical justification overrides the formatting of the content in the frame, all the style settings were ignored.

To fix the problem and restore the desired spacing, you could shorten the text frame by double-clicking the bottom center handle.

And the winner of this contest is…

Carolyn Crampton

Carolyn wins 3 months access to videos of any 2 days of CreativePro Week 2017.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and be on the lookout for another contest with a new great prize next month!

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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