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Find/Replace automation in InDesign

I have a great number of text replacements to make in a set of documents in InDesign. They always follow the same formula: Change "this text" to "that text." I've been manually selecting "this text", ...
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Why does my master page move when the page shuffles left/right?

I am laying out a book in Adobe InDesign. Context: Since creating the original book document, I have changed the page size from 6x9 to 7x10. All my master pages are of the new size (7x10). (I have a ...
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Table in Indesign not exactly a table inside text frame. What is it?

I am designing a catalog using several elements from another one. BUT what looks like a table is not a table exactly. It's a text frame, it looks like it's all text frame with tabs which it's not ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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How to set Keyboard Shortcuts for Paragraph/Character Styles in inDesign?

Indesign seems to support the addition of custom keyboard shortcuts for paragraph styles. In the current version of Indesign CC the text box is there but no matter what I try to type I can not set ...
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Fill frame proportionally many frames at once

So I have a layout of circle images like this: Now suppose by Data Merge, I am able to generate the template with different pictures. The problem is, the pictures appear as above, so I want to be ...
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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...
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InDesign relink - same files (size, extension), but different name

I was given an InDesign file with links that are in Korean language. The original file names mostly use Korean symbols, but the files I have were all renamed. Here is an example: %#@$.psd (...
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Removing Pantone colors from my swatches palette [on hold]

Why am I unable to delete a Pantone color from my swatches palette?
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Placing pages for pagination in Indesign

At my job we often have to set up booklets for print in printer spreads. My method involved creating image frames on the master page where the bleed in the gutter is cropped for each page. Then I ...
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Pairing data from two excel files in Indesign

I have a catalogue filled with tables that contains info about products and their reference number. Now I need to add, from another file, prices to that tables. This file is very simple, in one column ...
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InDesign CS6 - Update multiple displayed artboard/pages of linked files without relinking

InDesign CS6. I'd like to know if there is a way of updating a linked file's displayed artboard (.ai) or page (.pdf) without having to go through the process of relinking the file. Currently upon ...
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Indesign auto column width size for table based on the data containing?

I have a lot of tables that designers have to adjust slightly to fit the content. This takes a large amount of time in our process and I would like to know if there is anyway to skip this? Perhaps a ...
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Poor jpeg output from InDesign CC [on hold]

JPEGs from InDesign have random 'slice' marks in it! What's causing this and how can I remedy it?
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Exporting to epub - keep text on path editable

I am looking for a solution to the following problem: I need to export files from InDesign to an epub format. I am using the built-in export feature of InDesign CC 2015. It works pretty well, but I ...
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How can i get better crop marks in InDesign CC so they are simpler to cut?

I know how to add regular crop marks to a design, my issue is when I go to cut out my prints on a paper cutter most of my crop marks are gone after 2 cuts so lining up the paper cutter gets really ...
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How to match my layout grid with my margins, columns and baseline grid in indesign

Please forgive me if this questions sounds a little off, but I'm struggling to understand it let alone explain to you. When setting up a document in InDesign, I want all of my columns and grids to be ...
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Colour of colour swatch changes in InDesign Document

I have a problem with InDesign (I am using the latest version of the program). I created an RGB Colour swatch in a light green colour tone (RGB 197 232 108) If I am using it in my InDesign Document, ...
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animated media files in indesign interactive pdf

I've been trying to add an animated file into a pdf through indesign. So far every technique and file format I've tried results in a problem with the color of the image. Basically I'm trying to match ...
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How to determine the latest export options chosen?

Is there any way to determine which file type and export options where last chosen via Menu → Export? E.g. if the user exported as a PDF (print), I would like to obtain the chosen filename, ...
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How to keep text formatting when updating 'Linked' txt files in InDesign?

With the option of 'Create Links When Placing Text and Spreadsheet Files' enabled in InDesign, is it possible having a txt file (plain text) that is continuously updated outside InDesign to keep the ...
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Multiple-page, varied-information Data Merge in InDesign?

I am an amateur here, any help is appreciated! Can I use Data Merge in InDesign to input varied information from a .cvs file into multiple pages of a resource directory? The idea is sustainability ...
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Force page footer in master to stick to the bottom of pages of different height in Indesign

I'm trying to create a website prototype in Indesign. It consists of multiple pages with different height (home page, article page, archive page etc.). I created a master page with header and footer ...
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How to dynamically display object properties in a textbox in Indesign?

Im wondering if there is a way in Indesign CC to get object properties and display them in a text box. In particular the height of a box in pixels. So, if the height of a box changes from 800px to ...
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How to fake flowing/falling paper? [duplicate]

I have been coming across some posters where falling or bending paper is hardcore-digitally faked. Hère are some examples: I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on this might be achieved? ...
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How to convert all raw-embedded images to placed files?

A slightly related question deals with exporting all placed files into a single folder. My problem is unfortunately deeper: The original author directly pasted screenshots into the InDesign document, ...
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How can I insert this image to fit this action perfectly with keeping the dimensions?

I am working on a guideline with Adobe InDesign and once I am ready with it, I wanted to create a 3D mock up using a Photoshop action, but when I tried to insert the image it looks really small. I ...
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Indesign small subheading graphic library option?

Is there a way to design a subheading (fancy font, lines and small icons) that I could reuse again and again? Sort of like a clipart/small template library? (I'm brand new to using InDesign. I figure ...
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inDesign list alignment

I'm trying to setup a list in inDesign and am wondering if there is a way to make multi-line points line up accordingly without forcing a break and inserting a tab character? In the screenshot you ...
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Indesign running-header character style doesnt work if characters are the number in a list

I have a list [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and in the paragraph style is set that the number [1, 2, 3, 4...] is of character style A. Now I set a variable for the character style A and it doesn't show up the ...
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Changing colors in a PDF document? Tried illustrator and photoshop

I have a PDF document with text and basic graphics (squares, circles, thought bubbles, etc.) behind the text. My goal is to change the colors of these shapes. Here's what I've tried: InDesign 5.5 - ...
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Remove just a part of an InDesign Style

In Adobe InDesign, I frequently come across complex Paragraph or Character Styles that might have 10+ attributes defined, where I want to unset just one of the attributes. For example, my paragraph ...
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Underlined Text: Indent on left and right side

I need to modify the options for underlined text to have offset on the left and right side, like this: For the example above i used the paragrahlines options and add linebreaks. Does anyone have an ...
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How to re edit master pages, apply them to all pages, but keep the specific items on each page intact?

I have a master page with a footer and a text box to write specifics on each page. I needed to re edit the footer and I had already written on the text boxes on each page. When I re edit the ...
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How to find overridden master page elements?

Via CTRL+SHIFT+click one can override master page elements of an InDesign element, and by deleting it and re-applying the master page one can undo the overriding. But how can one find the overridden ...
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InDesign, XML, and Anchored Elements

Is there a method in InDesign to anchor dynamic elements without XML becoming nested? I have an XML imported that is a long list of field entries, each relating to text items on multiple pages of an ...
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InDesign - Paragraph styles apply different settings

I have a file with no styles. I create different styles for later use based on the text (mark text and create paragraph, character or table styles). But the styles are different when applied. Here ...
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Fonts: Exporting from Indesign

How can I preserve font characteristics when exporting from InDesign? When I export from InDesign using settings such as these: my text comes out very clunky on the generated pdf. The colors ...
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indesign - Smart Reflow Not working

Indesign CS6; I'm trying to get Indesign to add new pages when I overset text while typing. I have the preferences for Smart Reflow correct, but I'm not sure if my text frame is properly released; I ...
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‘Save as optimized PDF’ in Acrobat breaks hyperlinks created in InDesign

I'm creating a portfolio PDF in InDesign; the InDesign file contains some hyperlinks (some web links and a couple of email addresses, plus some text anchors for in-document navigation). The best ...
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already there?...
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In InDesign, is it possible to hide the Web Content loading icon?

I am using web content layouts to make sure my animations are shown on the iPad. If I display the magazine on an iPad, I can see a loading icon on opening the page, right before the animation starts. ...
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Spreads starting from second with same master page show duplicate content in pdf preview

I have an indesing CS6 document with 3 spreads that have same master applied. Problem is that the second and third page contain duplicate content(same content that master have, on top of it) when I ...
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InDesign CS6 - Content conveyor: placing collected objects (links) at their original positions

With the intent of easily updating elements across several pages I am using the content collector tool to place linked objects. I am finding it unpractical to precisely position several collected ...
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indesign cc 'find object format' by width and change, 'cannot find match'

Basically i want to finally object that are 423px wide and change them. Is this possible? It seems like it should be pretty straight forward! I've been trying with in 'text frame general options' ...
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Building tags structure when exporting to XML in InDesign

I have to export a lot of InDesign documents to HTML. I need to have total control over exported tags, attributes etc., so I've decided to use XML features (HTML export is just too "weak" for this ...
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XML Indesign Layout Troubleshoot

Im trying to create a course catalog layout using XML. I go through the steps of creating basic layout tagging it and mapping styles. When I go to import xml I select "clone repeating text elements," "...
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Can the numeral be styled In an InDesign footnote?

When using InDesign's footnotes, it is possible to apply a paragraph style to the footnote from the Type > Document Footnote Options … dialogue. However this style doesn't effect the number that ...
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Indesign Document to Word Template

I have created a document template in indesign. I want to use it as background in Word. I've been trying to set it as a background image in Word but it keeps tiling the image or over stretching it. ...
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Scaling a text box

I want to be able to scale numerous text boxes (all with text threads) so that the scale includes the font size. I am using indesign CS (CC 2014)