Create and Edit Columns in Multiline Text

You can create and edit multiple columns using the In-Place Text Editor column options and column grips.

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 them.

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 column.

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

You 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 setting.

Procedures
To create multiple columns in the In-Place Text Editor
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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 width.
To adjust columns using grips
  1. Select an area outside the mtext object. The In-Place Text Editor toolbar will disappear.
  2. Click once in the text area and grips will appear.

    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.
Commands
MTEXT

Creates a multiline text object.

System Variables
MTEXTCOLUMN

Sets the default column setting for an mtext object.