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variable column widths

Explorer ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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I'm trying and failing to get variable width columns using 'text frame options' dialogue.  For example, two columns, one 2/3 the width of the page and one 1/3.  Is it possible?

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Community Expert , Oct 31, 2022 Oct 31, 2022

All you need to do is change it to 4 columns and change the span option to 3 columns. 

2 or 3 styles and it's setup. 

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Not within a single text frame. Columns in a text frame are always of uniform width. What you can do is setup column guides in Layout > Margins and Columns, then drag the column guides wherever you like (this can be done on an individual page or a parent page).

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Thanks, but I don't think this solves my layout problem.  I've attached an image of the text frame that I want to split into 2/3 and 1/3.  If I use your solution there will be two separate text frame boxes where I was wanting one...

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Ok try this way

 

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Thank you for your help.  I've tried your suggestion (a bit beyond my comfort level).  It's a bit inflexible I think - it HAS to be 2/3 and 1/3 precisely...  I've ended up with a rube's workaround that does me for now (see below).  But I'd've thought what I want isn't that unusual...  are there any plans to add variable-width text frame columns any time soon?

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Not that I know of. 

It's a bit of a manual process.

 

There's one more suggestion.

Use a table with 2 columns.

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You can adjust the Columns created by the Margin settings

 

View>Grids & Guides>Lock Column Guides

 

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Then you can DRAG your column margins

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Thanks, but see my reply to similar suggestion above.

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Hi No Notes:

 

are there any plans to add variable-width text frame columns any time soon?

We are users like you who have been vetted by Adobe to help others with their workflow issues. Unless we are on the beta (and if we are, we are under NDA and are not allowed to discuss it) we don't have more information about what is coming than you do. If you want to file a feature request, you can do so here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

There are three ways to approach this layout as of today and in the foreseeable future:

  • 2 threaded frames of specific sizes as per @Scott Falkner 
  • 1 frame with three columns and span settings as per @Eugene Tyson 
  • Put the content in a table as per @Eugene Tyson, which may be what you did but you have the visual aids hidden so we can't tell. If this is a multi-page story and not just a short blurb, working inside a table can be awkward and limiting, but we can't tell that from the screen shot either.

 

I will say I am confused about the "it HAS to be 2/3 and 1/3 precisely" because it doesn't seem like it is. The first column is more than twice the width of the second column.

 

~Barb

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Hi Barb,  thank you for your reply.  As I understood Eugene Tyson's par spanning solution it would only allow precisely 2/3 and 1/3.  I may have misunderstood...?

 

My work around is fiddly but gives me complete flexibility regarding the width of my two columns.  It'll do for now!

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All you need to do is change it to 4 columns and change the span option to 3 columns. 

2 or 3 styles and it's setup. 

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