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How do I vertically align text within a Scribus text frame?

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To clarify: I have a 7.4590 in wide x 0.9810 in high text frame with one line of 55.0 pt text (font Century Schoolbook Regular). Scribus, by default, places the text in the upper-left corner of the text frame. The text consumes about 0.5 in, vertically, of the text frame. I want to know how (if possible) I can vertically align the text within the text frame so it is centered with approximately 0.25 of white space above and below the text. This is easily accomplished in Microsoft Publisher; just seeing if I can do it in Scribus. – iokevins Jan 12 '11 at 6:09
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Select the text frame and hit F2 or right-click and choose properties. Then select the Shape section. There you can set a left margin offset from the edge of the text frame that will align the text in the frame. You can also set tabs and columns if that is more in line with your goal.

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Thanks W_Whalley--bumping the left margin adjusts the horizontal offsets, though. :o) Bumping the top margin seems to work, but in Scribus the text almost immediately disappears from view, even though it is nowhere near the bottom boundary of the text frame.... – iokevins Jan 12 '11 at 6:14
@schultkl, thanks for the clarification. Using your text frame size and a 54 pt font, I set the text offset to baseline of characters to -20% and approximately centered the text in the frame. Increasing the text box height to 1 inch let me do it with 55 pt font. Increasing the height of the text frame is no problem because text frames can overlap. – W_Whalley Jan 12 '11 at 17:03

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