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InDesign: Pushing down the first line of text in a text frame.

There are a number of ways to push down the first line of text in a text frame. I read several solutions from InDesignSecrets.com, and they range from simple to ingenious.

  • You can always just drag the top of the box down
  • You can set the Top Inset for the text frame
  • You can set your paragraph to snap to baseline for first line only; and set up your frame with a big baseline
  • you can set your frame’s First Baseline Offset to “leading” and then apply a big leading to your characters (and set up a character style for that character) (and use nested style to envoke that character!)

Unfortunately, most of these solutions involve having to tweak the text frame itself. I’m worried about text reflow. If the text reflows to another text frame, the solution would become undone!. That’s why I like the “Rule Above” solution the best for solving this problem.

  • Set up a rule above for the given paragraph.
  • Make sure to [keep it in frame]
  • Give it a big ass number
  • make the color [paper]
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  1. Christine
    2014/01/05 at 1:34 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the tip! Was tearing my hair out on this.

  2. KathyJo
    2014/09/01 at 12:13 am

    Thank you! Gah, this is so simple that I can’t believe I never considered it. 🙂 None of the InDesignSecrets tips worked for me. This is going to save me a lot of frustration.

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