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How To Anchor Objects

Anchored objects are items, such as images or text boxes, that are attached - or anchored - to specific text. The anchored object travels with the text containing the anchor as the text reflows. Use anchored objects for all objects that you want to associate with a particular (fixed) line or block of text.

The example is an editable business card template, wherein the name.lastname in an e-mail address is required to be editable and attached to a locked end part of the email address (@ domain name of website).

Here follows a guide on how to create anchored objects in Indesign on your editable templates. You can anchor objects in two way: horizontal and vertical - both cases are explained below. 

Horizontal Anchoring
1. Create two text frames

2. Input text into text frame #1 and #2

3. Apply ‘Fit Frame to Content’ to both text frames

4. Assign Auto-size "width only" to both text frames

5. Cut whole text frame #1. Use type tool, and insert cursor before @ and paste into frame #2

The anchored text frame (name.surname) would be editable and remaining text is locked automatically

 

Now when uploading this template to Gelato Globe, you will be able to change the name.surname in the e-mail address field, but @gelato.com will be locked and anchored to the chosen text you insert before.

Vertical Anchoring
1. Create three text frames

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2. Input text into text frame #2 and #3

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3. Assign Auto-size "height only" to text frame #2 and #3

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4.Hold the 'shift' key and click on the blue dot top right of the text frame #2 and drag into the main text frame

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5.Do the same for text frame #3. Hold the 'shift' key and click on blue dot top right of the text frame and drag into the main text frame

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6. Assign Auto-size "height and width" to the text frame #1

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7. Both anchored text frames (Job title) and (Business area) would be editable. 

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Now when uploading this template to Gelato Globe If a user has a longer name, "Job Title" will be on 2 rows, pushing the "Business area" down.

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