Indesign: Paragraph styles. Is it possible to have a style that sets no indent for the first paragraph and 4mm for the rest of the paragraphs? What do I need to search for?


  • Is this something already set or something you are working through?
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:14
  • What type of style would that be? You can set styles for paragraphs, but nothing above paragraph level. How would your style know when to begin anew with no indent? If you have two styles, Indent and Non-indent, you can set the paragraph style setting for which style to apply to the next paragraph in Non-indent to be Indent, select all the paragraphs you want to format and hit Apply Style [= Non-indent], Then Next Style – but that’s barely easier than just applying Non-indent to the first paragraph and then Indent to the rest. Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:33
  • I agree there seems to be some misunderstanding. If you meant how to have no indent on the first line and 4 mm on the rest of the lines this answer might be useful.
    – Wolff
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:44
  • Thanks. The first paragraph has no indent but all paragraphs after that have an indent. Currently, I have a paragraph style for the first paragraph and another style for all the text underneath it. I was updating the file and making it more streamlined. Hoping I could just apply one style that could do both. Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 23:39
  • But it lies in the name that a Paragraph Style is only applied to a paragraph so you can't really make a style that works differently across different paragraphs. Having two styles to do what you want seems like the normal way to do it. How often do you need to apply that first paragraph? Once per document/chapter/page?
    – Wolff
    Commented Jan 29, 2021 at 8:12

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You can use nested styles to do this: https://helpx.adobe.com/au/indesign/using/drop-caps-nested-styles.html If this description is not clear enough, I can provide additional explanations.

Okay, I may have misspelled. That's how it's done.

  1. Create styles for the first (no indentation) and subsequent (indented) paragraphs.

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  1. Select the desired paragraphs, right-click on "First Paragraph" style in Paragraph Style palette, and select Apply "First Paragraph" then Next Styleenter image description here

You can create intricately complex combinations of text in this way.


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