Simple question: Within paragraph styles, is there a way to tell inDesign to create drop caps not using a set amount of characters at the beginning of a paragraph, but instead using the first word of the paragraph, regardless of how long it is?

(Except setting the drop caps individually for each paragraph!)

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First create a Window > Styles > Character Style that defines how you want the drop caps to look. Name it whatever you want.
Character Style
Then create a Window > Styles > Paragraph Style. In the Drop Caps and Nested Styles section, click New Nested Style, and then set the style pull down to the Character Style you created earlier, and (should be the default) make sure it says through 1 and Words for the remaining pull downs.
Drop Caps and Nested Styles

  • Well that is a good way to automatically apply a Character Style to the first word of each paragraph, but with the Character Style, there is no way to create a drop caps effect, or is there? + 1 for something I didn't knew before though!
    – MoritzLost
    Sep 28, 2014 at 23:34
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    Ah, true... I wasn't thinking of the true drop-cap effect - just formatting. Sorry, I'm not sure how to drop cap just the first word.
    – apex
    Sep 29, 2014 at 5:41
  • The "Drop Caps" line above "Nested Styles" is where you want to set your Drop Cap properties. Unfortunately you can only define "number of characters" there, so if your first word is more than that number of characters, it doesn't work. Sep 29, 2014 at 10:14

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