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Community Beginner ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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In the latest version of InDesign i don't know where the span column option is in Paragraph panel. It isn't there. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021
Hi @Rivkah5FC6: It is in the Windows > Type > Paragraph panel menu (and the Control Panel menu) – the little cheeseburger button in the top right corner. ~Barb

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021
Hi @Rivkah5FC6: The key to spanning multiple columns is how you have defined the text frames. In InDesign, you can have multiple threaded frames sitting side-by-side, or you can divide one frame into muliple columns. To use the span command, you need to have one frame divided into multiple columns. Threaded frames won't work: One frame with columns will: ~Barb

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Hi @Rivkah5FC6:

 

It is in the Windows > Type > Paragraph panel menu (and the Control Panel menu) – the little cheeseburger button in the top right corner.

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~Barb

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Thank You so much Barb

When i do that though, how do I span it so that that the title goes over multiple columns though?

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Hi @Rivkah5FC6:

 

The key to spanning multiple columns is how you have defined the text frames.

 

In InDesign, you can have multiple threaded frames sitting side-by-side, or you can divide one frame into muliple columns. To use the span command, you need to have one frame divided into multiple columns.

 

Threaded frames won't work:

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One frame with columns will:

fr2.png

 

~Barb

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Thank you very much again. I understand what you are saying. 

But if I span a title over multiple columns, do I have to manually move it the middle of the text box? Because mine doesn't automatically go to the middle

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Set the paragraph alignment to center.

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~Barb

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Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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Hi Barb thank you so much for your help, i will try what you said. Sorry i am so late to get back to you.

Do you know which is the latest version of Indesign that has the span columns option in the control panel?

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@Rivkah5FC6:

 

Split and Span were added to InDesign CS5, released in 2010. They have been included in each version since then, including the most current version, CC 2021.

 

~Barb 

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