InDesign - How to align first lines only in 2 columns

Community Beginner ,
Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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Hi All,
I have single width text frame split in to two columns, where I have a request to align only the first lines (in both columns) but I could able to align only first line in first column using align to grid "First line only" option. Is there any options to align first line in second column as well. Kindly suggest if any workaround to achieve this in InDesign CS6.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

Hi @Saravanan RM:

 

Align first line to grid means the first line of a paragraph, not the first line in each column. If you go ahead and remove that option, you will get what you are looking for. If for some reason you are not allowed, then you can increase the top inset, but the result is the same, and it's more work, so why?

 

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Jun 06, 2022 Jun 06, 2022

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I can suggest two options. 1) Set all lines in the paragraph to Align to Baseline Grid, or 2) Break the paragraph into two and set both paragraphs to align to grid using First Line Only.

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Hi Scott Citron,

Thanks for you reply. Regarding option 1, request is to align only the first line to grid and option 2 will work but incase if compositor want to track the whole paragraph and this option will affect.

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Why don't you simply uncheck align the first line to baseline grid? Since this is a two columns frame, the text in the second column will be at the same position than in the first one.

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Thanks for your reply. Base align is required for the 1st lines across column.

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Base align is required for the 1st lines across column.

Can you explain why? As I wrote and as @Barb Binder also wrote, removing this option will allow you to align the first line of each column.

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Requirement is to align only first line on Baseline grid across columns.

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Is the leading/line spacing set to a single, absolute number? You can also set your preferences so the leading applies to the entire paragraph.

 

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Thanks for your reply. Actual leading for figure caption style is lesser than the body text and not suppose to change the leading.

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Hi @Saravanan RM:

 

Align first line to grid means the first line of a paragraph, not the first line in each column. If you go ahead and remove that option, you will get what you are looking for. If for some reason you are not allowed, then you can increase the top inset, but the result is the same, and it's more work, so why?

 

~Barb

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Thanks Barb, this option sounds good, I have also tried using Ascent offset to align 2nd column 1st line but as we move the group the alignment get changed, is there any option to lock the basealign offset for the 2nd column 1st align.

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No. The Align first line to grid command only impacts the first line of a paragraph, but not the first line in each column. There is no other option to align the first line of each column, other than the approaches we've already explained.

 

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Make a 2 column frame for this text, align to baseline grid, but create its own baseline grid for this frame (do not use the global baseline grid from the document).

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We have to match the first line alignment to global baseline grid.

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Try 'Skip by leading', it's set in the preferences:

 

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