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QUESTION: Hi I'm having trouble breaking the link between two text frames. I know how to do it double tap the box at the bottom right of the text frame, but because of old age or just plain clumsiness, I almost never manage to complete the two clicks fast enough. Usually, a new and unwanted text frame then appears. I can't believe that this is the ONLY way to do this, but I can't find an alternative and I've spent a lot of time looking. Is there such a thing? Thanks so much!!

ANSWER: Hi John,

Thank you for your question.

No, I know what you mean, I find it annoying sometimes too - and the same with the unlock when boxes and things have been locked. What sort of text frame links are you using? Are you trying to unlink them but keep the text in each frame how it was when they were linked? Are you on a Mac or PC?

I don't use linked text frames often but here are some options.

One way to break the link is to delete the last text frame in the chain, so if you have a text starting in a frame at the top of the page and it links into another frame at the bottom of the page - delete the bottom one and the text will revert back into the first box. While this is handy and quick in some situations, its not ideal if you want to keep the two text frames as they were - but just unlinked.

There are some other options here which also include using a script -

When you have linked the text frames together - have you noticed if the cursor changes to a linked/unlinked icon - the two are pretty similar in appearance. When its the Unlink icon when you click on the frame (once) it breaks the link. You might need to click between the two frames to tell it which links to break so it involves more mouse movement - but no double-clicking.

Someone also suggests - "on the PC I hold down ALT when clicking the outport, then I hover over until I get these two little links and click it again, the cursor gets loaded with text, I can click anywhere and it will remake, or I can redraw a container, but I can simply press escape to unload the cursor, and the text chain is broken!"

Useful links -

Hope that helps and I hope that you find a solution that works best for you. Any further questions, don't hesitate to ask,
H Louise

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QUESTION: Thanks so much for your answer. I know the first solution, but I can't delete the last text frame until I delete all the content on it separately, otherwise the content waits hidden and InDesign tells me I have overset text, which I then have to track down when I'm ready to send the document to the printer. But the second solution works fine. The "someone also suggests" solution was simply incomprehensible to me. The real revelation was that I hadn't noticed the subtle difference between the place and break icons. So, the bottom line is that you were a great help and I'm very grateful. John

I'm glad that I could be of some help and that you found the best solution for you. I thought I'd give you a few different options to try as I've been mainly using CS3 and just started using CS5 so wasn't sure what would and wouldn't work with CS6.
On the overset text - don't know if you're aware but there should be a little square with a red cross icon that appears in the bottom right of the text box when that frame has overset text?
Hope you continue to enjoy using indesign. H Louise

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I am an artworker in the newspaper industry working with both newspaper and glossy products. I can answer most questions on the Adobe Creative Suite CS3 (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional), however please note that I am not as experienced in the use of Illustrator. I also have experience in QuarkXpress, Property software and Photography.


I have been working in the newspaper industry since 2007. I started in QuarkXpress before moving over to the Indesign software.

I have qualifications in art and design as well as a degree in media.

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