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Add a Vector shape (rectangle). Use Type Tool to add Text in the Shape (Text will be on a new Layer) Convert Text LAyer to Smart Object Select both Shape and Text Layer Align them Vertical/Horizontal.


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The text has been converted to outlines. All you can do is delete it and retype whatever you want. You can't easily change what's existing - it's a collection of nodes and paths which looks like text, but it is not "live" text you can change.


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You can .. use a separate text box for the chapter name. This way the width of the page numbering and the width of the chapter names will always be fixed, because of the separate text boxes. the thing you are actually looking for, but a bit difficult to explain, and you probably need to experiment a bit and see what works with your specific setup, is by ...


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For any object on a Master page (or 'Parent' page as recent versions of InDesign have started calling them), you can unlock it on any regular page by Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + clicking it.


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For a start, make sure that "Antialiasing" is checked in the tool options.


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Use HTML for this. Most newsletters nowadays come from a platform that has HTML as an option. These systems also usually have a way to supply an external link such as css or JS. Add a JS link. Grab the text element you're after in the JS file. Remove the text in the HTML. Populate the text with JS. Not too difficult. Even for rookies.


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