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How to set my document in InDesign to default to one column

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Aug 21, 2020

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I need some help in trying to solve an issue with my InDesign document.
I have a large document that I continually work on.

When I create a new text frame in the document, it defaults to 2 columns.
I have searched high and low to see where I can set the default to 1 column but can’t find if there is a way to do this. I don’t want have to go to the panel each time I create a new text block to change it from 2 column to 1 column.
I have all my master pages in the document set to Columns 1. Yet I still get 2 columns when I add a new text block.
How can I change it so that it defaults to 1 column?

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Correct answer by David_Popham | Adobe Community Professional

Deselect everything (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A), then go to Object > Text Frame Options. Set the number of columns to 1 and click OK.

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How to set my document in InDesign to default to one column

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I need some help in trying to solve an issue with my InDesign document.
I have a large document that I continually work on.

When I create a new text frame in the document, it defaults to 2 columns.
I have searched high and low to see where I can set the default to 1 column but can’t find if there is a way to do this. I don’t want have to go to the panel each time I create a new text block to change it from 2 column to 1 column.
I have all my master pages in the document set to Columns 1. Yet I still get 2 columns when I add a new text block.
How can I change it so that it defaults to 1 column?

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Correct answer by David_Popham | Adobe Community Professional

Deselect everything (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A), then go to Object > Text Frame Options. Set the number of columns to 1 and click OK.

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Deselect everything (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A), then go to Object > Text Frame Options. Set the number of columns to 1 and click OK.

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Thank you David that fixed it.

This has been driving me creazy for years.

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As @David_Popham has already mentioned, deselecting everything within your document and making that preference change will create a new default for that particular document. If you want to change the default for InDesign for all new documents, make the same preference change with no documents open.

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This technique, i.e., deselecting everything, then applying a setting, applies not only to text frames but to styles, swatches, line widths, etc. It can be used to your advantage, when you know how to make it work for you!

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