How to Control Text Wrap on Different Layers in Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

Have you ever used an image with the body text wrapping around it that now needs a caption? The default is that text wraps apply to all text frames, but there are ways to control that.


  1. Starting with the basics, this layout uses an image with a text wrap, and the caption text frame is showing overset text because of the wrap.
    Layout With Text Wrap

  2. One way to control the text wrap would be to select the caption text frame and open Text Frame Options (Ctrl+B PC / Command+B Mac), then turn on Ignore Text Wrap.
    Text Frame Options Dialog Box

  3. That method is fine, but it doesn't cover a case where a different version of the layout is needed that doesn't show the image and caption. Here's the layout with elements organized in layers. The visibility of the captions and graphics layers is turned off, yet the text wrap is still there.
    Layout With Layers Panel

  4. To control layer text wraps, go to the Layers Panel and double-click the layer to be hidden to open the Layer Options dialog box. Check Suppress Text Wrap When Layer is Hidden.
    Layer Options Dialog Box

  5. The text reflows, ignoring the text wrap on the graphics layer.
    Layout With Text Wrap Suppressed

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.