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Span columns not working in ID CC 2019

Community Beginner ,
Nov 01, 2019 Nov 01, 2019

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Hello, I installed InDesign CC 2019, but span columns doesn't work. Split columns works perfectly. When I have 2 or 3 columns text andtry to create a headline with span columns (across 2 or all columns) nothing happens. Does anybody can help? Or is there any existing script available which can span columns text? Please help, it is quite frustrating. I used 2 computers and it is not working. Thank you in advance. 

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Community Expert , Nov 01, 2019 Nov 01, 2019

The key is using a multi-column frame. I made the text frame a light yellow so that you can see it, then defined a second column. Span doesn't work with two threaded frames sitting side-by-side.

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Community Expert , Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

Yes, it does. But it looks like "1. Introduction" appears to be in its own frame. It needs it be included in the text flow. For this feature to work you need to have one frame (primary or not), set to two columns. Not two frames sitting side-by-side. 

 

2022-10-25_19-39-00 (1).gif

 

~Barb

 

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The key is using a multi-column frame. I made the text frame a light yellow so that you can see it, then defined a second column. Span doesn't work with two threaded frames sitting side-by-side.

example.gif

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2019 Nov 02, 2019

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Hi Barb, thanks a million! Your advice works perfectly. Unfoftunately I had not found the info that it is not working with two or more threaded frames before you posted your advice. Thank you again, you are my life saver. Tom. 

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Explorer ,
Nov 01, 2019 Nov 01, 2019

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Hi Tom,

it is very strange. I've just made so in my 2019 on mac and it works. 

Here is my screen.

 

regards M.

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Community Expert ,
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You didn't include your image, but I went back to clarify my answer, which may help. Span works the same way in all versions of InDesign, Mac or Windows.

 

If you want to share an image, use the button outlined in orange, below:

JIVE Add screen shot to reply.png

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Hi Barb, 

I've seen your impressive film answer :). 

I use to choose the icon you point on, but nothing happend at all. I don't know why 😞

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Community Expert ,
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Hi Tom:

 

I use to choose the icon you point on

Which icon? The one to add the image to your post? The one to change the frame in InDesign to two columns? Or the one tell InDesign that the paragraph needs to span two columns?

 

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So you do have one frame with the text frame set to two columns? Can you share an image with the frame selected?

 

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Explorer ,
Oct 25, 2022 Oct 25, 2022

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2023 version here, does it work if you use a primary text frame set to 2 columns? That's the only thing I can think of. 😞
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Yes, it does. But it looks like "1. Introduction" appears to be in its own frame. It needs it be included in the text flow. For this feature to work you need to have one frame (primary or not), set to two columns. Not two frames sitting side-by-side. 

 

2022-10-25_19-39-00 (1).gif

 

~Barb

 

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