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InDesign’s Keep Options Dialog Box

Keep Options is a paragraph property used to determine how paragraphs break across multiple frames/pages/columns in a threaded story. The primary motivation is to keep related paragraphs together in a way that makes sense.

I’m labeling the text as “Current Paragraph”, “Previous Paragraph” and “Next Paragraph” which will hopefully make things a big more clear.

  • Keep with Previous: New to CS5. Specify behavior with Previous Paragraph. Attaches the first line of the Current Paragraph with the last line of the Previous Paragraph.
  • Keep with Next ___ Lines: Opposite of Keep with Previous. Specify behavior with Next Paragraph. It attaches the Next Paragraph to the Current Paragraph. You get to specify how many lines!
  • Keep Lines Together: Only deals with the current paragraph. How many lines of the paragraph should stay together at the beginning or at the end?
  • Start Paragraph: For the Current Paragraph, where to start? [Anywhere] just continues the text flow, but you can also tell the paragraph to start at the [next odd numbered page] if it’s something like a chapter title.

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  1. Maureen McGloin
    2015/01/31 at 6:05 pm

    I believe your screenshot demonstrating “Keep With___Lines” doesn’t correspond to your selection of 1 line in the Current Paragraph and 2 lines in the New Paragraph. Shouldn’t your Keep Options screenshot have a 2 after Keep with Next?

    • Canvai
      2015/02/01 at 7:54 am

      yes. you are correct. You’ll notice also that none of the options for the check boxes are checked. The screenshot just shows what the dialog box looks like and doesn’t have the correct information punched in. Thanks for pointing it out since it might confuse some people.

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