I know how to manually change paragraph shading offset so it doesn't overlap with another text box that has text wrap turned on, but I want to know if there is a feature that will turn that on automatically. I have tried "clip to frame" in the shading options, but it doesn't work in this scenario.


What is looks like when paragraph shading collides with another text box that has text wrap turned on

What it looks like after I manually adjusted the offset so it doesn't collide with the content of the other text box

  • Is that callout text in a frame of its own? If so, set its background color to [Paper]. Background shading lives "inside" a text object and it doesn't have any further hidden properties. You also can't set text wrap to a single character or the line of an underlined text.
    – Jongware
    Dec 18, 2017 at 23:12
  • Another possibility (shall I say hack) is to add a white background to the anchored object so it covers the paragraph shading.
    – Loic
    Dec 20, 2017 at 8:43

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Use paragraph rules instead. Those can be restrained to text.

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    Yes that works. However i feel that usinbg paragraph rules for content boxes is one of the biggest flaws in indesign.
    – joojaa
    Dec 19, 2017 at 10:05

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