How to Link Text Boxes in InDesign

In this walkthrough, we've shared how to link text boxes in InDesign, so that your article continues from one column (or page) to the next. InDesign link text boxes is essential when designing magazine and newspaper layouts, since you need text to flow seamlessly across multiple pages.

Creating Text Boxes
First, open your current InDesign project and choose the Type tool (it looks like T). Then, click and drag on the page to create a new text box (or frame). At any point, you can click on the box with the Selection tool (i.e. the black arrow), and then reposition or resize it to your needs. 

After repeating this process with a second frame, it's time to fill it with some text. Click inside the first box with the Type tool, and then start typing. To change the text color, launch the Swatches panel by choosing "Window" > "Color" > "Swatches". 

Linking Text Boxes
Now, choose the Selection tool and click on the first text box. With the frame selected, you should see squares on the four corners, as well as a larger square in the bottom right area (called the out port). There's also a larger square on the top left, which is called the in port. 

Click on the out port, and your cursor will transform so that it has text underneath it. Then, click on the second text box in the sequence. You'll know that the boxes are linkable because the cursor will change to a chain icon. This process is also known as threading text. 

Adding Text Boxes to an Existing Sequence
With the Selection tool enabled, click on any frame's out port to set the new text box location. When you release the mouse button, your cursor will look like it has text lines below it. Drag anywhere on the page to create a new text box, or click on an existing text box to thread it into the sequence. 

Unlinking Text Boxes
Once you InDesign link text boxes, it's easy to break the link. Just choose the Selection tool, select the first text frame, and click the larger box in the lower right area. Then, click the second text box, and you'll undo the link. Essentially, you're repeating the original link steps, except the text boxes are already linked together. When you do this, you'll see the cursor change to a broken chain icon. 

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