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Show us what the text looked like BEFORE you "split text into two column" (turn on Hidden Characters when you make a screen shot). Exactly what command did you use to split into columns?
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When you split one column into two columns, the text runs down the first column, and then down the second column.
If the columns are reversed, are you using a Middle Eastern version of InDesign, or did the text come from an ME version of InDesign?
I'm not sure, how do I check for that?
I copied the text from a Google Docs file, not another ID file.
I'm using a PC Windows 10, I have the most updated version of InDesign CC.
Hi @honey620 :
Actually, I can see that either the text is designated Middle Eastern or you have a Middle Eastern version installed by looking more closely at the screenshot that you posted of the paragraph panel. Directly under the left alignment button I see the left to right and right to left icons. Those don't normally appear in the English versions of the software.
Start by unsplitting, then change your paragraph composer from the World Ready Paragraph Composer to the Adobe Paragraph Composer. It's in the fly out menu from that same paragraph panel, top right corner. Resplit. Does that make a difference?
Unfortunatly that did not work.
If you have currently a Middle Eastern version of InDesign ie. English يدعم العربية, you may fix the issue by simply opening "Story" panel which can be found under Window > Type and Tables > Story.
Select the text frame in question and switch story direction as shown here…
You nearly figured it out yourself up here Barb 😉
Nearly! 😂 But still needed you!
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Let's take a look at the InDesign version you are using:
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there could be an explanation for this behavior:
The story direction of the text frame is set to Right-to-Left. That would be typical for a text frame of a document with RTL text like you would need it with Hebrew or Arabic. You could tell if this is the cause if you select the frame and check the in- and out-ports of the frame:
Story direction left-to-right, the in-port is at the upper left, the out-port is at the lower-right:
Story direction right-to-left, the in-port is at the upper right, the out-port is at the lower-left:
So in effect, if you do Span Columns to All you get the following results.
With story direction left-to-right:
With story direction right-to-left:
app.selection.texts.parentStory.storyPreferences.storyDirection = StoryDirectionOptions.LEFT_TO_RIGHT_DIRECTION;
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