If you prefer to create text in another program, such as a word processor, you can import that text file into InDesign using the Place command.
Choose File, Place. Search for the file you want to import and select it. InDesign supports importing many types of text files, including Microsoft Word documents, plain text, and rich text files.
Select Show Import Options in the Place dialog to prepare your text for importing if you choose. Depending on the type of file you are importing, the import options are different.
Importing Text Files
If you are importing a plain text document, saved with the extension .txt , the Place dialog offers the following options:
Importing Word or RTF Files
InDesign offers extra support for Microsoft Word or rich text ( .rtf ) files (see Figure 27.37). After you choose your import options, you can save these choices as a preset by clicking Save Preset and naming your import style. This enables you to choose the same options quickly if you are importing many similar documents:
Figure 27.37. When you place Microsoft Word or rich text files in your InDesign document, you have many options for formatting text or matching styles.
WORKING WITH AUTOFLOW
When you place a text file on a page that already has column guides applied, you can choose from various autoflow options to place the text within the
Without specifying autoflow, after you select the file you want to place, you see a loaded text icon on your page. If you click in a column, the text flows into that column and an overset text symbol shows, enabling you to click and reload the text icon.
If you hold down the Alt key (Windows users) or Option key (Mac users) when you click the loaded text icon in the first column, the text flows into the column and then automatically
If you hold down the Shift key when you click in the first column, the text automatically flows into the columns set up on the page and adds pages to place all of the text in the file.
If you hold down Shift+Alt (Windows users) or Shift-Option (Mac users) while you click, Fixed Page Autoflow is activated, and text is
You must have set your column guides in the Document Setup dialog so all added pages have the same column structure. If you applied columns to only the current page (through Layout, Margins and Columns), only the first page has the column structure you specified; all added pages have one column.