I have a page which contains objects that resize depending on the amount of text inside them.

Each of these pages have a question page and associated answer page. The question page should have exactly the same boxes, but not contain the answer text.

I cannot remove the text as the box resizes to a smaller size. I assume that if I make the text white then someone could simply highlight it in a PDF.

  • There could be multiple solutions for this depending on what your "objects" are actually set up as. Quickest thing you can do is post the source file here and i could take a look at it (CS6 or IDML format please, not CC).
    – Lucian
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 11:46
  • Hi, I can't send the whole file as it is huge. But I've copied an object with some text that expands it and it has also copied the paragraph styles - so this should be enough. example indesign file
    – James
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 14:37
  • This is a CC version file which i cannot open. Like i said in my previous comment i cannot open Indesign CC files, only CS6 or IDML. Hopefully you know what you need to do?
    – Lucian
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 16:18
  • My apologies! IDML file
    – James
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 17:34
  • All clear now. Your original question doesn't reveal this, but i had an idea what the problem could have been and i am now posting the answer below so you can approve it.
    – Lucian
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 18:37

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What you have there is a text box setting which automatically enlarges or squeezes the box vertically depending on the amount of text. This means when you delete your text the box automatically shrinks in height. To turn this feature off:

  • Select your text box.
  • Press CTRL+B or the Mac equivalent shortcut. This should open the Text Frame Options dialog.
  • Go to the Auto-Size tab and turn it off.
  • That makes sense. Obvious now I see it - I had assumed that the object would return back to its original size. - also, thanks for the CTRL-B shortcut - that should make things a bit faster for me.
    – James
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 21:29
  • Great. If you don't mind try clicking the check icon and the up arrow next to my answer above, to the left of the bullets. stackoverflow.com/help/someone-answers thanks
    – Lucian
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 6:41

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