Create and Edit Columns
in Multiline Text
You can create and edit
multiple columns using the In-Place Text Editor column options and
Multiple columns can be created and edited with the
In-Place Text Editor and through grip editing. Editing columns using
grips allows you the flexibility of seeing the changes as you make
Columns follow a few
rules. All columns have equal width and equal gutters. A gutter
is the space between columns. The height of columns remains constant
unless more text than the column can accommodate is added, or you
manually move the editing grip to adjust the column height.
Editing Columns in the
In-Place Text Editor
When you are working
with columns in the In-Place Text Editor, the columns will be in a
frame. The ruler bar spans across all columns, but is only active
for the current column.
Adding text to a column
with an arbitrary height will not increase the column height even if
text is already filling the column. Text will flow into another
You can also insert a
column break to force text to start flowing into the next column. Anytime
a column break is inserted, it is assumed that the current height
of the column is fixed. To delete the break, highlight it and delete
or or use the Backspace key right after the break.
Editing Columns in the Properties Palette
will be able to select Static or Dynamic columns, turn off columns
and change column and gutter width through the Properties palette. Changing column width
in the palette will exhibit results similar to changing width using
grips. The palette is the only place that you can also change gutter
To create multiple columns
in the In-Place Text Editor
- If the ribbon is active, double-click
a multiline text object to open the MTEXT ribbon contextual tab.
If the ribbon is not active, the In-Place Text Editor is displayed.
- In the In-Place Text Editor, select a
column option and suboption from columns list. You have a choice
between Dynamic or Static columns.
You have two suboptions
with Dynamic Columns – Auto height or Manual height. Static Columns
allows you to choose the number of columns.
- Adjust the column height by moving the
arrows located on the bottom left of the first column.
NoteThe arrows on the
ruler on the upper right side only adjust gutter width, not column
To adjust columns using
- Select an area outside the mtext object.
The In-Place Text Editor toolbar will disappear.
- Click once in the text area and grips
Grips control the location
of the mtext object, the gutter width, and vertical and horizontal
movement of colmns.
The following illustration
demonstrates how grips are used with Dynamic Columns - Manual Height.
The following illustration
demonstrates how grips are used with Static Columns.
NoteIn general, grips
only update the mtext object after the mouse button is released.
Creates a multiline
Sets the default column
setting for an mtext object.