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How to 'drop' a heading?! - Adobe Indesign Windows

We have a new corporate style which has 2 columns. The left had one is about 1/3 page and is for headings etc. The right hand column takes up the other 2/3 page and is for body text. Some of my existing headings are too long to fit on one line into the left hand column. If I break it down to 2 lines, the body text lines up with the second (bottom) line of the heading. Is there any way of 'dropping' the title so that the body text aligns with the top line of the heading? Thanks Jill...

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    Default How to 'drop' a heading?!

    We have a new corporate style which has 2 columns. The left had one is about 1/3 page and is for headings etc. The right hand column takes up the other 2/3 page and is for body text.

    Some of my existing headings are too long to fit on one line into the left hand column. If I break it down to 2 lines, the body text lines up with the second (bottom) line of the heading.

    Is there any way of 'dropping' the title so that the body text aligns with the top line of the heading?

    Thanks

    Jill
    JMM1@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: How to 'drop' a heading?!

    There is a way, but it involves lots of intial setup. This is a little long at the outset, but once you've got some initial stuff done, it should be a fairly quick process. First of all, don't use two columns. Use one column and add the width of the "header" column (plus gutter) to the amount of left indent in your body text style sheet. (You are using style sheets, right?)

    Set a style for your header copy (name it "Header Text" or similar). Then, set another style to use for the space between sections that require headers (name it "Header Space" or similar). Set that style with a left and right indent of zero. Set the Leading to the amount of vertical space you need between sections (don't bother with Space Before or After). Set the header name in the "Header Space" style. (Don't worry about header text crashing your body copy, we'll fix that in a minute.)

    Now, create a text frame that is the width of your original header column, not counting gutter, and as tall as the maximum number of lines that will occur in a header at that width. Set your header text in the "Header Text" style within the new box. Using the Selection tool, copy the text frame you just created. Now, select the Text tool, place your cursor at the beginning of the "Header Space" line, and paste the text frame. You now have an inline text frame whose bottom edge lines up with the baseline of the "Header Space" line and whose left edge lines up with the main text frame's margin. Switch to the Selection tool and select the inline frame. Drag the inline frame down until it won't let you go anymore. Now, the top edge of the inline text frame is aligned with the baseline of the "Header Space" line.

    If you want the baseline of the header text to line up with the baseline of the body copy, zoom in real tight, create a guide on the baseline of the body text, select the inline frame with the selection tool and select "Text Frame Options" from either the contextual menu (right click or Option-click if you're on a Mac) or from the "Object" menu. Adjust the "First Baseline Offset" or "Text Inset" until everything lines up for you. Now, select the modified inline text frame with the selection tool, copy it and paste it somewhere on the page, but not inline. Add the frame to a library for future use.

    Now, set the style for every header in your copy to "Header Space". Paste in the inline text frame at the beginning of the "Header Space" line, pull down into position, set your header text in "Header Text", and repeat. Once you have all of your side headers in place, edit your "Header Space" style and change the character fill color to "None". Voila! You now have anchored side heads that travel with the text.

    One caveat: if the side head appears at the top of a page, there will be a space between the top margin and the copy. No problem, simply select the text frame, select the bottom-center control point in the Control (or Transform) pallette, and add the amount of leading you set in the "Header Space" style to the height of the text frame. (Alternately, you can turn on Layout Adjustment for that page and subtract the "Header Space" leading from the top margin.)

    (Added bonus: the text contents of inline text frames do not appear in place when you export text as ASCII, RTF, or XML, or export to GoLive, or if you view the text in Story Editor. With this method, you've got the header text in the inline frame AND set in the correct position in the text flow, just set to a fill of "None". If you export text from your ID file for repurposing, just change the specs of the "Header Space" style and your headers are in place and looking good.)
    Greg_Gaspard@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: How to 'drop' a heading?!

    Thanks for the reply Greg - I will go and try that out :)

    Jill
    JMM1@adobeforums.com Guest

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