Wrapping text

PagePlus lets you wrap frame text around the contours of a separate object. Usually, this means wrapping text to a picture that overlaps or sits above a text frame. But you can wrap frame text around a picture, shape, artistic text, table, or another frame. Wrapping is accomplished by changing the wrap setting for the object to which text will wrap.

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  • Table text does not wrap around objects.

To wrap text around an object:

  1. Select the object around which you want the text to wrap.

  2. Click the PagePlus tbr arrange wrapsettings Wrapping text Wrap Settings button on the Arrange toolbar.
    – or -
    Wrap Settings… from the Arrange menu.
    – or -
    Right-click the object and choose
    Wrap Settings….

  3. Select the manner in which text will wrap around the object by clicking a sample, i.e.

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  4. Choose which side(s) the chosen wrapping method will be applied, again by clicking a sample.

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    The examples show tight wrapping applies to the right of the object only.

  5. Click OK.

In addition, you can specify the Distance from text: the “standoff” between the object’s wrap outline and adjacent text. (The wrap outline is a contour that defines the object’s edges for text wrapping purposes.) Different object types have different initial wrap outlines. For QuickShapes, the wrap outline corresponds exactly to the object’s edges, while for closed shapes the outline is a rectangle.

You can manually adjust the wrap outline using the Curve context toolbar for more precise text fitting. The list below gives a quick summary of options.

To adjust the shape of the wrap outline:

  • Select the object and click the PagePlus tbr arrange editwrap Wrapping text Edit Wrap button on the Arrange toolbar.
    The Curve context toolbar appears, which lets you control the displayed nodes and connecting segments that define the object’s crop outline. See Editing lines.


  • Each text frame has a Wrap Text Around Objects setting (right-click frame and choose Frame Setup…) which determines whether its text actually wraps around overlapping objects. You can switch this property off to disable wrapping, if desired.

  • Objects also have a crop outline which is initially set to match the wrap outline. For adjustment purposes, the two are independent. You can adjust the crop outline to subtract visible portions of the object (for details, see Cropping and combining objects.) Or, to crop an object according to its wrap outline, check the Crop object to wrap outline box in the Wrap Settings dialog.

  • Wrapping around a grouped object affects each member of the group. Each object in a group retains its original wrap setting. If you apply a wrap setting to the group, each object (rather than the group as a whole) takes that setting. To flow text around several separated objects, first extend the wrap outline of one of the objects to encompass all the objects, then you can carry out the grouping operation.

  • In text frames, both frame and artistic text can flow around images, tables, shapes, and other objects, if the object is anchored within the frame and is set to float with text. See Anchoring objects.

  • You can update the local default wrap settings for the currently selected type of object (picture, text frame, etc.) by selecting Update Object Default on the Format menu. In other words, the next time you create an object of this type in this publication, it will have these wrap properties. To save defaults globally so they’ll apply to new publications, use Tools>Save Defaults…. (See the topic Updating and saving defaults.)

Wrapping text