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Well, in the previous post on Scribus I described how to create a new document. Now, it is high time we filled it in.

Except in case you have a very clear picture of where you want your pictures, graphics or photographs to be, first step will be texts layout.

Scribus works in a slightly different way from text editors. You may think that it works in a "higher" level, because it allows you to work with different documents in the same file.

The way to work will be in two different steps. First, we will defined the "target" frame, second we will fill it with content.

Text frame creation

If you are producing an "only-text" book, or rather, it will include long texts with just a few pictures in between, you may decide to check the box "Automatic text frames" (1) when defining your document:


This option will create frames in all pages, linking them to one another. Frames will fill the page up to the defined margins.

This point is important, since Scribus considers all frames to be independent, by default. So if your frames are not linked and you load a long text, you will only see what can be packed inside the original frame... Anyway, we will see down below how to link frames afterwards, to "show" the full text.

If you did not tick that box (or you do not want all frames to look the same), you may add them one by one, with the "Text frame" tool, that you may activate from the dedicated icon (2), from the menu "Insert - Insert Text Frame", or rather with the keyboard shortcut "T" (no Control...).


The way to define the frame will be to draw a rectangle on the desired page, with the usual process (clic on one corner, then draw and release at the opposite corner).

Initially, you do not need to worry on getting precise placement for the frame, this can be adjusted later. The text frame will appear as an empty rectangle, with four handlers in the corners for later size modification. 

Texto insertion

Once the frame is available, next step is to fill it in, by Importing the content from an external file (DOC, TXT, HTML... for example) with the keystroke "Control + I", which will open the dialog box. Once you have selected the file and clicked on "Apply", it will load automatically inside the frame.


Initial recommendation is to work with original files in plain text, without format. This will ease the later process of applying a common style to the document.

In case the text is longer than the frame area (we speak of text "overflow"), you will see a small icon in the lower right corner (3), as a small crossed square. It will be the indication that you need to increase frame size, or to link the frame to another one. 


Frames linking

To show a text in several frames, either in a same page or in different ones, you may use the link tool (4), indicated by an icon of two pages and a blue arrow. You can only select this function if a text frame is active. 

With this active tool, you just need to click on the second frame for Scribus to continue the text in the new frame (for a short time, an arrow (5) will be shown to indicate the link between frames).


In this example, you can see that there is still hidden text (6), and a new, third frame would be needed...

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