I have a text frame as wide as the document. It's divided by 12 columns (settings of the frame itself).

How can I set a line to a range of e.g. 10 columns?

There are only the options 2/3/4.

Column Options

  • My guess is it's not typical to merge more than 4 columns without breaking the flow of text. Have you considered using a regular text box on top with text wrapping? I'm guessing you want to add an excerpt of some sort?
    – curious
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 18:22

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Use paragraph style. You can type any value you want in the span column options.

  • Or if you don't want to use a paragraph style, just use the more full-bodied “Span Columns” dialog box found under the paragraph dropdown menu on the right (or directly accessible by clicking Cmd + Alt + J, if memory serves). Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 7:45

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