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Indesign CS5.5 (v7.5.2)

Is there an automated method to simply remove all overset text in a text frame?

I don't want it hidden by a smaller frame. I want it gone.

I spend so much time simply removing pages of overset text it would be helpful if there was a command such as "Remove overset text" or "Truncate text from here".

Thanks!

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So, to be specific. You are removing lots of ovetset text ( pages worth of text ), not actual pages? –  Joonas Mar 24 '12 at 9:30
    
I'm curious why you have pages of overset. Can something be done with your source file? Is there a different way for you to flow copy into InDesign? –  Lauren Ipsum Mar 24 '12 at 12:16
    
Yes text, not pages. I could adjust workflow by opening a Word file and deleting text there before import into Indesign, but that's no easier than just removing text in Indesign. –  Scott Mar 24 '12 at 14:55
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So what are you typesetting that you need individual, unlinked text boxes with only N words and you have to delete the rest repeatedly? –  Lauren Ipsum Mar 24 '12 at 15:20
    
Does it matter? :) I merely want to know if there's a way to truncate overset text. For the record, I work with writers. Some writers deliver all content in a single Word file. This often necessitates the removal of (sometimes) pages of overset text. Yes, I could simply let the text flow onto pages, then manually delete the text I don't want, then manually delete the pages the flow created. I was merely seeking something a tad more automated. –  Scott Mar 24 '12 at 15:25
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The shortest way to handle this without a custom script is to go to the end of the last "real" text frame, then use Ctl/Cmd-Shift-End, which selects all text past the cursor, followed by Delete. If you have Smart Reflow turned on, this will automatically delete any extra pages and their frames, if you have them.

Given your description of the workflow, you might find vjoon's Overset Manager or DTP Tools' TextCount useful additions to the workflow. Both companies and he amazing Rorohiko have numerous InDesign Scripts that are very useful enhancements for handling long text.

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Thanks Alan! ... –  Scott Mar 28 '12 at 4:42
    
You're entirely welcome! Actually, on thinking it over, even a custom script mapped to a keyboard shortcut would really only save you a couple of keystrokes. Might be worth it if you're doing this 20+ times a day, but probably not otherwise. I have Find/Change by List mapped to a kbsc, because on some book projects I do use it 20+ times a day. :P –  Alan Gilbertson Mar 28 '12 at 23:24
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I don't believe the command you're looking for exists. You might find this solution workable though.

  1. Place your cursor at the end of the text you want to keep.

  2. Hit Apple (Command) Y. The story editor opens with its cursor in the same place.

  3. Click/drag the cursor to select the rest of the copy (it's much faster this way).

  4. Delete.

  5. Hit Apple Y again, you're back in layout view.

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Story editor is helpful. For the most part that's what I use. Unfortunately, I just dislike having to continually delete text which is overset. I guess there's no automated method. Thanks! –  Scott Mar 27 '12 at 17:33
    
Sorry, didn't realize. PageMaker, in the old days, did what you want, if I remember correctly. Then came InDesign. I had a hard time with it, wanted to do just what you describe. I don't know any other way. Suggest it to Adobe! :) –  mlangfeld Mar 27 '12 at 17:39
    
Yeah I remember Pagemaker having such a command. Which is why I was hoping I was just missing it in Indd... guess not :) Thanks! –  Scott Mar 27 '12 at 17:48
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