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How To Wrap Text Around Text in PageMaker

The text wrap feature in Adobe PageMaker allows you to place graphics in a document and have the text wrap around that image. With one additional step you can also wrap text around other text blocks for effects such as pull-quotes.

Here’s How:

  1. Select the text block that you want to have other text wrap around.
  2. Choose Element | Group from the menu bar. This causes PageMaker to treat that text block as a graphic.
  3. With your text turned graphic selected, choose Element | Text wrap… from the menu bar.
  4. From the Text Wrap dialog box select the middle icon for Wrap option (the third icon is not available initially until you’ve customized the text wrap).
  5. Choose a Text flow: With Icon 1 text stops at the text/graphic then continues to next page or column. Icon 2 wraps text to top and bottom only. Icon 3 wraps text completely around in a rectangular wrap (until you modify it).
  6. If you know exactly how much space you want between text and text/graphic, make adjustments in the Standoff section, otherwise accept the default and click OK.
  7. If the text doesn’t wrap exactly the way you want grab one of the dotted lines representing the standoff area and pull it in closer or further away until you get the text wrap effect you want.


  1. Select the ‘Wrap text on same layer only’ box if you don’t want to wrap text on other layers around the text block/graphic.
  2. Allow sufficient standoff between text blocks to visually separate them, especially when there is not a large degree of difference in the type used for each text block.
  3. Align the bottom of pull-quotes with the baseline of adjacent text.