When I'm creating a file with different text styles in InDesign, at some point I invariably notice that the software has adopted a 'standard' setting for type in a brand new text box I create. Not just Paragraph and Character styles are slapped on, but also settings like vertical centering of text, or shudder horizontal centering.

This feature is a returning source of huge frustration on my part. Is there a way to tell InDesign that new text frames I draw need to be styleless, settingless and completely default?

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    Have you tried deselecting all text frames and then selecting the [None] object style and clear its overrides? (If that’s even possible… not sure offhand if you can apply any object style with no object selected.) Aug 3, 2022 at 16:09
  • I think changing the [Basic Text Frame] object style is the style to adjust/reset. You may need to adjust it with no document open. (This is ultimately just a guess though.)
    – Scott
    Aug 3, 2022 at 16:56

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This is how you can attempt to change the defaults on some (most) of the global type settings:

  • Close all documents.
  • Break link to styles everywhere (Paragraph Styles panel, Character Styles panel, Object Styles panel).
  • Also click in these panels away from any highlighted style, to make sure they don't remain selected.
  • Make all the possible settings you can for the type options, with all documents closed.
  • Restart InDesign and try again.

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