I'm laying out a text with lists and headings between them. I used the 'Text frame options' to split a page-wide text frame into two columns. Now, it so happens that one of my main headings is too wide to fit in a single column. I think line breaking the column is very ugly, so I'd prefer it if I could instruct this single line (or paragraph) to ignore the column separation and go all the way across the entire text frame. Not dissimilar from what two merged cells in a table would look like.

For now, I split my text into three separate frames on that page, with one of them containing the heading not split into any columns. This works, but feels like a huge hack and is very impractical in any case the text needs to reflow.

Is it possible to do this in any 'official', proper way?

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The proper way is to edit the paragraph style for headings and in the Span Columns tab, choose Span All. You also get options to limit the span to 2, 3 or more columns.

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    Great, thanks! I knew this option existed, but couldn't remember for the life of me what it was called or where to find it.
    – Vincent
    Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 10:13
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    For one-offs, that you don't want to apply a style to directly, the Span/Split options should be at the far right of the control bar with the text tool active, @Vincent -- same thing, merely local and no style.
    – Scott
    Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 10:50
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    I also found the option in the Paragraph palette's options, and that's the (local) method I ended up using. Thanks, both!
    – Vincent
    Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 11:07

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