The Paragraph Borders feature was a great addition to InDesign CC 2018, but it fell short for many of us who wanted the border to enclose multiple consecutive paragraphs. The new Merge Paragraph Borders option fixes that. Choosing the option to Merge Consecutive Borders And Shading With Same Settings in the Paragraph Borders dialog will merge the borders of the selected paragraphs when they have the same paragraph border properties applied.

Simple as that. The border will enclose all paragraphs when the paragraphs are selected and Merge Consecutive Borders And Shading With Same Settings is turned on or when selected paragraphs have a style applied with a Paragraph Border defined and this option selected.

Note: Merged borders will leave the bottom border open when the text flows to a new column or page unless the text ends with a paragraph return before flowing to the new text box.

Check out our handbook, Using Adobe InDesign CC 2018, to learn more!

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.