How to Arch Text in InDesign

In this handy guide, we've shared how to arch text in InDesign, so that it flows along a predefined path. InDesign makes it easy to format text on any open or closed shape, as long as the text stays on one line.  

How to Arch Text in InDesign
1. First, open your current InDesign project and select the Pen tool. Click where you'd like the path to begin, and hold the mouse button down while moving the cursor to set the curve slope. 

2. Release the mouse to complete the line segment, and then continue the process with additional curved segments if desired. At any point, you can drag on the direction lines to adjust any curve.

3. Next, choose the Type On a Path tool (it looks like a crooked T with a line underneath). If you can't find it, click and hold on the Type tool to show a submenu with other text-based tools, including Type On a Path. 

4. Position your cursor where you'd like the text to begin on the path, and a plus sign will appear next to the cursor. Then, click to set a text insertion point. If you'd like the text to stay within a confined area, click and drag along the path to set those boundaries. 

5. Finally, type your line of text, and it will curve along with the path. To make the path invisible, choose the Selection tool, click on the path, and then change the Fill and Stroke to None. 

How to Adjust Text Spacing
To tighten spacing between characters, choose the Selection tool and highlight the desired text. Then, select "Type" > "Type on a Path" > "Options" to see the type options. Enter a new value into the Spacing setting. Higher values will reduce the spacing between characters (especially on sharp curves), while lower values will increase the spacing. 

How to Delete Arched Text
Deleting text from a path is easy. Simply choose the Selection (or Quick Selection) tool, and highlight your text. Then, select "Type" > "Type on a Path" > "Delete Type From Path". Any Type On a Path properties (such as brackets or threading) will be removed along with the text. 

If you previously made the text path invisible, you can press the D key to revert to the default fill/stroke. Then, you can choose to add new text along the path, or delete the path entirely. 

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