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I'm using InDesign CC 2015 to typeset a document which uses a font with no native bold style. I understand that I can simulate this by increasing the font's weight. It's not as good as a real bold font but works well enough for my purposes when I highlight some text and use the floating menu for stroke etc.

But this would be tedious to do manually throughout the document and I am already extensively using character styles so I thought I could just make a new "bold" style. The trouble is when you go to the colors tab of the edit character style dialog, the option to change font weight is disabled. It is available in the paragraph style dialog but that is no good for me as this is inline text. Is there any way to do this? (Or is there an alternative way to simulate a bold font in a character style?)

Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Can you show a screenshot of where you can adjust the weight in the paragraph style dialog? I don't see any such option. I suspect you are referring to "style" rather than "weight," but I could be wrong. – 13ruce Mar 21 '18 at 20:28
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I understand that I can simulate this by increasing the font's weight. It's not as good as a real bold font but works well enough for my purposes when I highlight some text and use the floating menu for stroke etc.

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You can add a stroke to a Character Style by altering the Character Color item in the Character Style Options dialog window. See below.

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This does not "increase the font's weight". It merely throws a stroke around the characters.

Yes it's a bad idea to do this. It generally is nowhere close to an actual bold face and it's better to change to a typeface which does contain the bold face..... but I assume you already know all that.

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    A related trick I wished I knew earlier: to remove a stroke color – not setting it to [None] – use Ctrl (or Cmd) + mouse click on the selected color :) – usr2564301 Mar 21 '18 at 21:00
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The easiest way to simulate a bold in InDesign is to add a small stroke to the characters. This is not generally advisable, but it might be your only option, since InDesign doesn't have a way to artificially embolden type. This method does not automatically adjust type metrics to account for the stroke and there may be production and screen preview issues that come from using this method. A much better practice is to find a similar typeface that does have a bold variant.

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