I'm using Adobe InDesign CC. I have a three column text frame and I need the middle frame to be just a bit larger than the left and right columns. I have unlocked Column Guides by unchecking View > Grids & Guides > Unlock Column Guides, but with both the Selection Tool and Direct Selection Tool I don't get the cursor changing nor does clicking and dragging on the guide do anything but move the entire text frame.

I have read tutorials with pictures and I see that it's possible, however I must be missing something. Help!

EDIT: This is a blue text frame I'm talking about, not the purple column guides that would be established in the document settings.

Screenshot of column guides

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    Those appear to he text frame guides for columns. Not the same as page column guides.
    – Scott
    Mar 10, 2015 at 23:15
  • Probably, you should unlock the layer, my friend!
    – user60850
    Feb 19, 2016 at 11:45

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You can't alter the width of an individual column within a text frame, they all have to be equal. To create columns of unequal width or height, create threaded text frames (a story) side-by-side on either a document page or a master page.

  • Oh. That's too bad - it seems to me it would be a lot faster to just click and drag. Mar 10, 2015 at 23:40

Make sure it's unchecked on right click as well:
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That being said, typography wise you never want to do that - it's better to separate the column grid into smaller groups, for example in your case separate it into 7 columns so you have 2-2-3, or 4 columns so you have 2-1-1, or something like that

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    It's also unchecked on right click. The guides and gutter are light blue, not purple - they are part of a text frame. Is this somehow different? Mar 10, 2015 at 20:58
  • yea, that's a text box! (unless you changed the default guide colours). Check that you don't have any element locked (Object>Unlock all on spread)
    – Naty
    Mar 10, 2015 at 21:02
  • either that or a regular guide - is lock guides checked?
    – Naty
    Mar 10, 2015 at 21:10
  • Lock Guides is also unchecked. I did not change the default guide colours, but I'll post a screen clip of the box in question. Mar 10, 2015 at 21:34
  • Updated question. Mar 10, 2015 at 21:40

Check your A-master? Double click and delete/move from there

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