I want to add the Trademark symbol after three words in my document. These three words occur a lot in the work I am doing and sometimes I miss instances of these words.
Is there a way I can add a TM after a specific word while typing?
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I am doing this with m2 in surface areas. Assuming you're using a Paragraph Style, you can attach a GREP Style to that and each time there's a word of any length ending in 'tm' followed by a space or a comma, a particular Character Style can be applied so that the 'TM' is automatically formatted.
Alternatively, some fonts (you need to check your font) may have a dedicated 'TM' character in their glyphs, and this can also be helpful.
You can achieve what you want with the Autocorrect feature. (well... almost*)
The thing is that adding a glyph into the "correction" field is a bit tricky, but doable. Here's how:
First, go Edit > spelling > enable Autocorrect.
Then, you'll need to locate and modify the Autocorrect XML file.
Most likely, it does not exist already, unless you already have set at least one autocorrect wordpair. If not, to generate this XML file, go Preferences > Autocorrect and type any wordpair (mind the language):
Now that you have created the XML file, locate it.
I'm using CS6/Win7, so mine will be here: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\Version\language\Autocorrect\English USA.xml
Now, open the XML, and you can now create custom autocorrection using
™ for TradeMark glyph.
(FYI: 2122 is the unicode value for the ™ character)
Save the XML and restart Indesign (important!)
Here you go:
* Additional and important note:
Now that you know that you can change a word while typing, please be aware that autocorrect doesn't always work when the word is followed by some characters (dot, dash, exclamation mark...) Which makes all this kinda useless really ^^
So, my best advice will be to double check by using a Grep F/R:
Text Variable will be the simplest and most manageable way to handle this - create a New Text Variable for your product name, insert that once. Then copy it in Story Editor - you can Find & replace as text or GREP, paste that one insert symbol/tag and get it everywhere, AND if later the trademark changes.... it's easy to manage.
Hope this helps.