Stop text flow changes when anchoring

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Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021

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To start, this is not the issue of anchoring an object to a line and losing the text wrap of the line. I understand the technique of anchoring it to the line after to avoid that. The issue I'm having is that my entire text flow changes no matter where I put the anchor. It's baffling and frustrating and I can't find anywhere that talks about this.

 

I have two screenshots to demonstrate, one pre-anchoring and one post-anchoring. The image frame is totally separate from the text frame. When I anchor the image to text in the bottom spread, it changes how the text flows/wraps in the entire paragraph, including the threaded frame in the top spread. Normally I just accept this, but in this example it's having a cascading effect on the text through the remainder of the document. So I've had it with this problem and have come here for help. I suspect there is some setting or box to check that will prevent this from happening. I watched a video this morning where someone anchored a floating object like this and their text didn't change one bit, so it has to be possible. I frequently use anchors for accessibility, and I'd really like to find a way to do it that doesn't affect my layout.

 

Let me know if you need more info about my styles, settings, etc.

 

InDesign pre-anchor.JPG

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 17, 2021 Aug 17, 2021
Hi Joe, yes, I can see the issue! Frame not anchored: Same frame anchored without text wrap: Text wrap added to the anchored frame, text is flowing differently: In my samples above I used the Adobe Paragraph Composer. If you want to avoid the issue use the Adobe Single-line Composer. I see no other workaround… Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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I did not see an edit button on my original post, so apologies for double-posting.

 

I narrowed the issue down to the object that is being anchored. If a text wrap is applied to the object, it will have this effect when anchoring the object into text. Removing the text wrap on my anchored objects works in this scenario, since I am able to scale or otherwise modify my text frames so the wrapping is not required. However, I am still curious as to why it happens and if there is a solution to prevent text reflow when anchoring an object with text wrapping.

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Hi Joe,

yes, I can see the issue!

 

Frame not anchored:

AnchoredFrame-TextFlow-Changes-0.PNG

 

Same frame anchored without text wrap:

AnchoredFrame-TextFlow-Changes-1.PNG

 

Text wrap added to the anchored frame, text is flowing differently:

AnchoredFrame-TextFlow-Changes-2.PNG

 

In my samples above I used the Adobe Paragraph Composer.

 

If you want to avoid the issue use the Adobe Single-line Composer.

I see no other workaround…

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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I'm not sure who marked Laubender's answer as correct, but I feel like that is misleading.

 

Switching to single-line composer does help this issue, but does not prevent it from happening. In my testing, I get less automatic reflow with single-line vs paragraph composer (it tends to be limited to a single line or two), but reflow still occurs.

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Hi Joe,

as I said this is only a "workaround". At best.

 

What really happens:

The paragraph composer Adobe Paragraph Composer is behaving like the Adobe Single-line Composer when you apply text wrap to the anchored frame. That's clearly a bug. And this bug should be reported:

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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