Scrolling areas allow you to display large amounts of content, including text, photos and videos, in a small pane contained within a page. In this tutorial, you will learn how to add, edit, and customize scrolling areas.
Understand the Scrolling Area element
This quick section will help you understand what you should expect to see when you add a scrolling element to a page.
- Exiting - As soon as you add a scrolling area, a black bar will appear above your canvas, notifying you that you are in 'Edit' mode. To exit 'Edit' mode and return to the Layout view, double-click on an empty portion of the canvas or press Escape. You can also click on the 'Page' breadcrumb in the black bar above your canvas. Re-enter the scrolling area by double-clicking it.
- Borders - A dashed light blue border outlines the physical space the scrolling area will take up in your document, while a solid blue line marks the dynamic scrolling area. The dashed border will not appear in your published document.
To start off, you will need to either drag or insert a scrolling area onto your canvas from the Content bar or Menu bar. After adding the scrolling area, you can add content, edit the position or size of the scrolling area, and customize the style of your box. The following sections will show you each option.
Add text, images, galleries, shapes, and videos to your scrolling area by dragging & dropping elements from the Content bar directly into place in your scrolling area, or simply click on one of the buttons in the Content Bar to automatically place that element below other content. Use the tabs in the Context pane to customize the look of your content.
Scrolling areas do not show all content at once, as they are designed to save space and add interactivity to your document. Scrolling areas expand downward to accommodate new or relocated content, and you must scroll to see content that has been placed beyond the bottom of the dashed line.
Note: In the above image, text and video are visible, but only part of the green circle is visible. If you could scroll up to see the entire green circle, the text box at the top would disappear into the bottom of the grey header block. To prevent a vanishing text effect, place a header block at the top of the dotted line as seen in the example above. To see how your area will look and behave in the final document, try entering Preview Mode.
Edit the position or size of your scrolling area
Press Escape or double-click on an empty portion of the canvas to exit 'Edit' mode and return to the Layout view. Once in Layout view, you can drag, resize, or delete the scrolling area. The content contained in the scrolling area is automatically re-sized and shifted as you resize the scrolling area. To prevent this, re-enter the scrolling area, select the items you don't want to change, and click the lock button under 'Arrange' in the Layout tab.
Customize your style
The Style tab has a number of options that will allow you to customize your scrolling area to fit your creative vision. You can mix and match combinations of various fills, borders, shadows, and object opacity options to create a unique scrolling area that will be the focal point of your document. Try one or all of these ideas as you find your style:
- Create a scrolling background that will move along with other scrolling elements. Add a large rectangle shape to the canvas. Select 'send to back' by right-clicking the shape, then fill it with the desired color, gradient, or image.
- Change the background of your scrolling area (e.g. none, solid color, simple/advanced gradient, or image), text box, then change the margin size to create a unique border.
- Add a drop shadow of any color, distance, blur, orientation, and opacity with the shadow options in the Style tab to add special effect to your focal point.
Fan your creative spark!