This may be a basic question... but in InDesign, how does one determine the pixel size of a text box?

Specifically, we need to write text to specifications of 600 pixel width, and have no idea

a) how to scale a text box to specific pixel width,

b) how to determine what word count we can fit in, and

c) how to do it in a table?


The Info Panel in InDesign will show you the width and height of a text frame.

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You can also alter these measurements, with the text frame selected, in the Control/Options Panel across the top of the screen.

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As for character and/or word count.... as @Vnovak pointed out... it depends upon size, face, etc of the type. There's no blanket answer for this.

Regarding the table... I don't understand this. If you are wanting to create a table with this information, i.e.:

  • 50px by 100px text frame holds X words
  • 100px by 150px text frame holds X words

That's not really possible due to the variation of the word count. You can certainly set up a table easily, but there's no way to get the word count for each size - 24pt Helvetica is going to allow less words than 10pt Myriad Condensed.


Lisa, a) you can specify any width in any values in Width field at top panel. For example just type 600px. You even can do simple math there, e.g. 600/2px or 200+185in

b) word count to fit in type box? a bit odd questions, because it depends by so many things - weight of box, font size, font style, leading, language, etc, etc..

c) here is guide for you about tables in inDesign http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6ff5a.html

  • Lisa, was it helpful? – Vnovak Jun 4 '14 at 21:55

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