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Typing single quotes in InDesign

Every time I type character ' InDesign converts it to ›; why? How do I fix it?
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inDesign document becomes “unsaved” after pdf export

just wondering if I'm going crazy or there's a legitimate reason for this. Whenever I pop open an inDesign document and export it to PDF, my document becomes "unsaved" as if I did changes to it. ...
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Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)
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Creating nice curves with InDesign

I am trying to create nice looking curves with InDesign, but I can't get a good result using the Pen tool. What I want is something like the curves in the following pictures on top and below the ...
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Fitting merged text to the width of the frame in InDesign

I have a document with several text frames with content merged from a CSV. Sometimes the content is too big for the frame. I want the text to scale appropriately so that the content remains on one ...
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Why is my PDF size from my InDesign Export still large?

I'm doing class project that is a four-page, seven-image document with very little text. The project must be submitted as a PDF under 300 KB. However, when I export the document under the smallest ...
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How to keep a 2 column text flowing top down after a column-spanning-paragraph

My column-spanning-paragraph breaks the desired text flow. This illustration probably makes it clear. How can I force the text to flow from left-top to bottom to right-top to bottom? The page is ONE ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use ...
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How to create a grid system on a tri fold leaflet or brochure in InDesign

I’m new to working with grids and tri folds, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out? As you well know when creating a tri fold, the fold in panel width becomes a different size than the ...
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Indesign: include bleed marks, and bleed

When I export a document using PDF Bleed Marks printer options, and set bleed and slug to the document settings, crop marks appear in the correct location, however crop out the actual bleed colour. ...
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Feathering an Image Edge

I am currently working with a photo that is placed in an InDesign document.I currently have a directional feather applied to the image but the edges are still visible. I would like to feather the edge ...
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InDesign text box column adding bottom gap

I'm having a problem lining up the text in my columns. The frames themselves are set to align top. The images below show examples of how the text will display eventually if the frame is lengthened ...
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Using cropmarks

My InDesign document is 195 mm x 280 mm, has a 4mm bleed, 0mm slug and 10mm margin. My client specified: Size: 195 x 280 + 4 mm bleed. Cropmarks should be used. What does that mean? Should I ...
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When to transfer work from Photoshop to inDesign?

I'm designing a brochure for the first time. I did everything in Photoshop because I'm much more comfortable with it. But to refine the last layout details, put everything together, and deliver final ...
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How to turn off effects on anchored object that are nested from textbox?

Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object:
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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Ad layout for programs - Illustrator or InDesign

today I'm looking for some advice from folks who have laid out event programs. In this case, the client (a local nonprofit) has a famous keynote speaker at their event, and have solicited donations ...
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In Adobe InDesign, how to print full duplex (both sides of paper)?

When I print or "Print Booklet" in Adobe InDesign, I don't see any options about printing full duplex (both sides of the paper). I'm using a Mac with a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer. Does Adobe ...
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InDesign drag/drop [closed]

So I created an annual report for my company with InDesign CS4. My assistant designer/editor also has InDesign CS4 on her machine. I create an InDesign package and save it on the network drive so she ...
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Select only one side of a text frame in InDesign CS6

I am designing a fillable form in InDesign CS6 (Mac) and want to add a border to only the bottom of certain text frames. My question is: how do I select only one side of a text frame?
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How to give dotted effect to sides of a photograph?

See image. Can this be done using photoshop, indesign or illustrator? Using this opportunity to wish all a happy easter.
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Body text alignment to baseline grid when using paragraph styles

I am trying to set paragraph styles for headings in IdCS6. My leading is 15pt for body text, 30pt for headings. My baseline grid is also set to increment every 15pt. After the heading paragraph ...
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Why does grouping or moving textboxes break the script?

I am a beginner at writing scripts for InDesign (just started today!). I have somehow managed to write a script which auto-fills a text box with a list of the linked images within the document. ...
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InDesign: PDF auto fill-in when clicking on hyperlink

is it possible to let InDesign fill in some predefined text when clicking on a hyperlink? For example: You have a pdf with 5 pictures and a form field, when you click on picture number 2 it writes ...
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from RGB to CMYK in InDesign

I read... " InDesign recognizes the color profiles of all placed images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, etc.). When you export to PDF (never PNG or JPG if you're going to press -- never, ever), ...
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Why is InDesign creating strange patterns in several viewers?

When creating pdfs with InDesign CS6 my target pdfs show sometimes strange patterns in the pdf. These patterns are sometimes black horizontal lines straight over the whole page, sometimes a square ...
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Two points on curved path have a “gap” when stroke width is increased

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I don't really know what to search for. The issue is that I'm designing a "shield" emblem for my company, and I've done that by creating one half with ...
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Numbers and Sections Options altering layout upon changing page number

I am trying to add page numbers to a glossary I am making. While i am getting the page numbers to appear. I now am trying to make it so the page numbering will start on page 2, rather than the cover ...
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How do I make overset text automatically flow into adjacent columns, in Photoshop

Is it possible [in Photoshop] to make overset text flow into an adjacent column, once the first text box is full? ex. I have two three columns [A,B and C] and a surplus of copy. Once column A is ...
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Can't bring element to front

In one page of my inDesign document, there's a pink rectangle. I created a text element and moved this element on this rectangle. No matter how hard I try to send this pink rectangle to back ...
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Should I split different paragraph styles in different Text boxes? - InDesign

When I'm creating a document, I always split each section and each paragraph style in an individual text box. Mainly so I'm able to edit each item individually. However, my question: Is it ...
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Inconsistent Leading WIth Auto and Non-Auto Settings

I just want there to be even leading between lines in my text box, but the leading between the first two lines is always greater even when I change the leading from Auto to a fixed number. I have also ...
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How do I create new spreads

when I add 6 pages in Indesign they create a multi-page spread, 8 pages in a row, instead of adding 3 new 2-page spreads. how do I create 2-page spreads?
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Universal style sheets in InDesign

Does the functionality exist to have a persistent set of character and paragraph styles that's available on an application level as opposed to document level? I know that styles can be imported from ...
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How to set a “rule” to apply automatically a font to a certain word?

I'm translating a document in Adobe InDesign. There is a sort of rule that make the word "Action" italic every time I type it in. Where can I modify that rule? I need to add a similar rule for the ...
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How can I automatically number the survey questions in my InDesign document?

I'm relatively new to InDesign and I just know that I'm going about this project in a less than ideal fashion. I've done a lot of Google searching about numbering, but I seem to know little enough ...
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How can I apply a drop cap style for characters that are at the last character of a paragraph?

In InDesign CS6, I'm aware that I can apply drop cap style to characters at the start of a paragraph. However, what if I need drop caps for characters that are at the end of a paragraph? How can I ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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Export InDesign CS5 file for Corel Draw

I'm sometimes giving small adverts that I created in ID CS5 to a local newspaper. They are building their stuff in Corel. They usually want me to either give them an image (as in jpg) or a pdf file. ...
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Is there any InDesign extension that gives Sublime Text 2 like capabilities?

I've been working in Sublime Text 2 on my own time to learn web development. Now I'm laying out another book in InDesign and just dreaming of having some of Sublime Text 2's workflow. Does anyone know ...
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Adobe InDesign 5.5: why when I place some pics they come out with a very lower resolution in the doc?

The images I'm using are from different sources but most of all flickr (few from other websites). When I download them in 500 pixel size for example, they look ok in Anteprima, but when I place them ...
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Indesign - TOC with one chapter heading, multiple page headings

Any one know how to automate categories with in a ToC? I'm trying to get ... cars item 1 item 2 item 3 item 4 trucks item 5 item 6 item 7 Right now each page has "Cars(or trunks) | ...
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InDesign CS5: How to create a contact sheet automatically?

I know the instructions exist. I have tried them repeatedly and they simply don't make sense. Can someone explain the steps a little better? (Reading down the list of comments, I'm not the only ...
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Deform image along path

I've got an image I'd like to use as the border on a DVD label, which I'm creating in InDesign. The effect would be like the "Type on a path", but with an image instead - preferrably repeated until it ...
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Leading error in Text box in InDesign, do you know of a way to fix it?

I am creating this text box in InDesign CS5 and on the last row of a paragraph I get a bigger leading for no reason. If I select the text and check the leading setting it is the same for all rows in ...
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Switching between templates in InDesign

I have a document that I'm currently working on in InDesign which has white text on a dark background. Graphic styles (boxes with outlines) are also light on dark. This is well and good for when I ...
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Indesign script to copy from clipboard to story

I know app.paste(); method dumps the contents of the clipboard at the spot where the cursor is currently. However, I want to define the location via a variable such as this: myStory = ...
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Indesign script to add/change text in a paragraph

There's a particular paragraph in my document and I want to replace its content completely with something else programatically. Is there any function to do this? I need something like this: ...
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Adobe InDesign - Batch create 'Named Destinations' anchors

Within a pdf, you can create anchors called 'named destinations', to which a later hyperlink can refer (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/hyperlinks.html) Is there a way to automatically turn ...
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Applying different margins/slugs to different pages

My client wants the following margins/slugs: However I don't see anywhere an option in inDesign to apply this automatically to all pages (my document is 12 pages long). How to do that? A second ...