Text frames and callouts

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To test the range of setting possibilities, use a text frame or a callout with rounded corners. For text frames, as for rectangles, you can set the rounding in the Position and Size dialog (Slant & Corner radius) or in Points mode. This latter makes sense only if you have a visible outline. With callouts (as with text frames in Points mode), drag the larger marker in the left upper corner with the mouse to give the desired amount of rounding. An example of this is shown in Figure 20.

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Figure 20: Callout with rounded corners

Unlike drawing objects, text frames and callouts support automatic line breaks and you can switch on automatic hyphenation under Tools > Language > Hyphenation.

Non-breaking dashes and protected separators are however not available. For a manual line break use, as elsewhere, the key combination Shift+Enter.

With the icons [[Image:]] and [[Image:]] you can create text frames and callouts with vertical text. You need to activate Enhanced language support > Enabled for Asian languages in Tools > Options > Language Settings > Languages. Text frames can be rotated like drawing objects, but it is not possible to rotate callouts.

Text frames and callouts do not have an additional text element (that would be somewhat strange!), but you still use the Text dialog to set formatting properties. As soon as you have input text, the upper three settings on the left side become active (Figure 21). The settings for Spacing to Borders and Text anchors in the lower window area function in a similar manner to normal drawing objects and are not dealt with further here.

Figure 21: Text options active for text frames and callouts

All options off


The text is broken at the object frame. You do not see text which does not fit within the object frame. It is still available and if you enlarge the object it will be visible.

As with normal drawing objects the text positioning relates not to the figure itself but to the object frame. Observe that the text in the example at left extends outside the ellipse.

Fit width to text



This option forces the width of the text frame or callout to be enlarged so that the longest line fits, without a line break, inside the object frame.

A previously inserted manual line break (here after the word “longer”) remains in effect.

Fit height to text


This option forces the height of the text frame or callout to be enlarged so that all lines fit within the height of the object frame.
Fit to frame


This option results in the same effect as with normal drawing objects. The text is widened and/or compressed so it fits within the entire object frame.

With the symbols Textframeicon.png und Vtextframeicon.png you can produce a text frame which has this property already set.

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