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In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently its been done manually with predefined "boxes" for 1-Line, 2-Line & 3-Line depending on how long the heading is. There has got to be a way to automate this though. Perhaps using some sort of programmatic style sheet?

All I could find was this http://indesignsecrets.com/highlighting-an-entire-paragraph-with-color.php which wouldn't work because the headings are centered but we want the background color to be the full column width.

Ideally, with a dynamic "height" so that it can be say 4pt above and below the text as well. Almost like padding would be if I were doing this on a website.

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Why doesn't the Adobe tip work for you? This is exactly the solution I've used for years. –  Lauren Ipsum Aug 13 '12 at 17:13
Adobe Tip? Do you mean the link I posted? If so I said why. Otherwise I'm not sure Adobe Tip is referring to? –  Ryan Aug 13 '12 at 17:42
erm... use the tip you post and in than the underline options, for width choose "Column". –  Scott Aug 13 '12 at 18:15
Yes, by "Adobe tip" I meant "the link to InDesign Secrets which you posted." And Scott asked my followup question. –  Lauren Ipsum Aug 13 '12 at 18:17
Okay thanks, I've learned InDesign predominately on the job and being as complex as it is I still have much to learn. I'll give this a shot tomorrow. If one of you wants to make your response an actual answer with the "Column" part I'll accept it. –  Ryan Aug 14 '12 at 1:41
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I think the best way of doing so is coloring the text box, set the paddings and then create an object style. In the object style you can congigure the default paragraph style to use.

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