InDesign includes a semi-autoflow method of threading text frames, which incorporates a few automatic shortcuts but varies only slightly from the manual method. Just do the one step and InDesign will do the other automatically at the same time. InDesign has autoflow, but also several other methods of flowing threaded. Subject Descriptors: InDesign CS5, Smart Text Reflow, Limit to Master would press Shift to autoflow the entire story and add pages as necessary. You will notice that unlike CS3, there is no overset in the corner of your.

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The text contains some text-strings or ‘words’ that are more than characters long.

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This causes InDesign to have overset text, and not being able to auto-flow the text. I get the little red plus sign below in the last text-box, that indicates that I have overset text. I then tried to click the red plus sign and continue the text-flow on the following pages, but I just end up with empty text-boxes on the following pages every time I try click the red plus sign.

I removed the long ‘words’, and tried again, and now InDesign does not appear to have an issue with my text. So the problem is caused by the long ‘words’.

The format of the text is unimportant I have tried. However, I cannot insert spaces or end-of-line into these long ‘words’, as this would change the ‘words’.

The number of characters in each ‘word’ is important, and if I start adding extra spaces or end-of-line augoflow it would change the ‘words’. I have a lot of places in the text where I indesihn these long ‘words’, and I would like to avoid too much clicking and inserting to get around this issue.


Is there a problem if these words are hyphenated? It seems you have hyphenation turned off at the moment OR ID most likley would have inserted hyphens to break the words across multiple lines.

If hyphens are not acceptable, is a break in the word without a hyphen acceptable? If the answer to that is “no” you’re out of luck unless you make your text frame wide enough to hold the longest word.

If it’s “yes” you can insert Discretionary Line Break characters to allow the words to break, but automating autoflkw process might be difficult. A lot more detail would really help. Hyphenation is a paragraph level attribute, so it can be found inthe panel menu for the Paragraph panel or the Control panel when the Text tool is active, or indesifn can be turned on or off in the paragraph style assigned to the text, which is probably the best place to do it.

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Perhaps they aren’t true hyphens? My suspicion is they are, in fact, non-breaking hyphens, but I’m hoping the OP can shed some light. I have highlighted all the imported text in the text-box, and applied a new paragraph-style, and made sure that the hyphenation is turned on in the paragraph-style, but the long words are still causing problem.

I searched for dashes and replaced them with ‘discretionary hyphens’, and the text started flowing. I think you probably want regular hyphens, not discretionary, if they are meant to be there.


Dicretionary indeesign only appear when the word breaks at the line ending.

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Thanks in advance for both your time and help. This content has been marked as final. I should have explained this better. All the long words apart from one already have hyphens in them. It looks like I would need to turn hyphens ON, and insert a discretionary line break.

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How do I turn hyphens ON? Why don’t the words break at the hyphens? Would additional hyphens be a problem?

I have to say that some screenshots might be useful, too. I found the hyphenation. It was already ON. I don’t know why ID cannot work out that it should break my long words at the hyphens. Additional hyphens would be a problem. I would prefer to solve autofllw problem wthout adding extra hyphens.

Thanks this solved the problem.

I had dashes in my text not hyphens. Thanks for helping out. Go to original post. Correct Answers – 10 points.