Headlines and paragraphs can now span multiple columns. This powerful enhancement saves time because users no longer have to make separate text frames for multi-column paragraphs. To demonstrate this feature, create a new InDesign document and then create a three column text frame. Next, type or paste your text into the text frame. Your document should look something like this:
Next, highlight the headline and then open the "Styles" window by clicking on "Window" on the main menu and then selecting "Styles" and then "Paragraph Styles." As an alternative, you can press the <F11> key to directly open the "Styles" window.
On the "Paragraph Styles" tab in the "Styles" window, click the new style icon.
Now, double click your new paragraph style to open the "Paragraph Style Options." Click the "Span Columns" option and then choose "Span Columns" from the "Paragraph Layout" drop down box. Choose "2" in the "Span" drop down box and then click the "OK" button.
You now have a headline that spans columns without any need for additional text frames.
The new style options for paragraphs including the ability to span headlines across columns and other features such as change tracking represent innovative developments that continue to keep Adobe InDesign at the front of the publishing pack and earn five stars from this InDesign CS5 review.