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Get split text column list to read left to right, not column first

Explorer ,
May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

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Hello, 

 

I need to get my bulelt list to read left to right then go onto the next line, Indesign seems to have a preference to reorder lists when unbalanced into column first then left to right. 

 

Is there a way to control this reading order that seems baked in? 

 

I need it to be:
ABC
DEF
but indesign reorders to
ACE
BDF

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May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023

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The only way is if you have 3x column TextFrames - one row high.

 

Or as high as you need - with column break after each item. But still you'll have to control the height.

 

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May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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I thought it would be something like that, I've actually went for a table so I can just drop it in and tab through it. 
I understand the logic behind why adobe have made it work the way it does, but it would be nice to be able to excert a bit more control over how the list reads. 

Currently working on a k-8 math product and pedagogical reasons means kids need to read left to right then next row.

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May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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How much text would be for each point? 

 

If they are fairly equal in size - use "gridify" trick - TextFrames will be automatically threaded - then you can set Start In Next TF option in the ParaStyle. 

 

Or it can always be scripted. 

 

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May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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Simplistically:

 

if, e.g. 3 columns, just some clicks to build it in all the document!  😉

 

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(^/)  The Jedi

 

 

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