How to Keep Text Together in InDesign

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InDesign, Adobe's page-layout software, presents myriad options to control everything from spaces to entire documents. But locating those options and determining which will work best can be confusing. Many solutions can be managed automatically by creating styles. You can keep letters and words together by creating a character style or using nonbreaking spaces and hyphens. And you can use paragraph style options to keep lines and paragraphs together.

Keep Characters Together

  • Click on the "Character Styles" panel. You can access the panel by choosing "Type" and then "Character Styles" if the panel is not open.

  • Click on the fly-out menu along the right side of the panel and select "New Character Style."

  • Choose the "Basic Character Formats" tab.

  • Choose the "No Break" option located at the bottom of the tab.

  • Name the style and click the "OK" button.

  • Highlight the words or letters you want to keep together and click on the character style to apply the no-break option.

Keep Words Together

  • Choose the "Type" menu, then "Insert Special Character," then "Hyphens And Dashes" and "Nonbreaking Hyphen." This will prevent the word from breaking.

  • Choose the "Type" menu, then "Insert Special Character," then "Hyphens And Dashes" and "Discretionary Hyphen." Place this hyphen at the beginning of a word to prevent the word from breaking.

  • Choose the "Type" menu, then "Insert White Space" and "Nonbreaking Space." This will keep the words on either side of the space on the same line.

Keep Paragraphs Together

  • Click on the "Paragraph Styles" panel. You can access the panel by choosing "Type" and then "Paragraph Styles" if the panel is not open.

  • Click on the fly-out menu along the right side of the panel and select "New Paragraph Style." If you already have styles created, then right-click on the name of the style in the Paragraph Styles panel and then "Edit" to change the style options.

  • Choose the "Keep Options" tab.

  • Choose one of the following options to keep the current paragraph with the previous or next paragraph. Choose "Keep with Previous" to keep the current paragraph with the paragraph above it. Choose "Keep with Next" and select a number of lines to keep a specified number of lines in the current paragraph with the paragraph following it. Choose "Keep Lines Together" and then "All Lines together" if you want the entire paragraph to stay together. Choose "Keep Lines Together," then "At Start/End of Paragraph" to keep a certain number of lines of the current paragraph with either the previous or following paragraph.

  • Highlight the paragraph you want to keep together and click on the paragraph style to apply the options.

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