I have a text frame with several columns and I would like to add vertical lines between them. Is there some automatic way how to do that, or I have to do it manually?

I have this: columns without line

I want this: columns with line


Sadly, no. You have to draw the lines.

You can use the "align and distribute" dialog to place them in the middle.

And holding down the CTRL button while drawing a line helps you creating a vertical line.

On the other side, those lines mostly do not look that nice... (your screenshot is probably only a sample, but it shows well what could go wrong) and there are often better ways for making pretty columns.

  • Is there some way how to use "Align and Distribute" dialog if I have three columns?
    – Artholl
    Mar 15 '17 at 11:31
  • Yes: draw one of the vertical lines, duplicate / copy paste it three times; use "align and distribute" to align one line to the left and one to the right of the area (you can vertically align or use the <kbd>shift</kdb> (thanks @lucian) key to only move horizontally); equally distribute the four lines; delete the lines at the left and the right. You are left with two lines that are correctly placed... but is it worth the hassle? : - )
    – a.l.e
    Mar 15 '17 at 13:12
  • Thanks, I understand you, but I have to mimic some old newspapers which had these lines between columns, so I can't choose the easy way. ;-)
    – Artholl
    Mar 17 '17 at 8:08

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