I have an Indesign template with a paragraph style called Main defined as below:


As you can see, this style is "based on" yet another style called Word which is in a styles-folder called Entry. And this is just one of a dozen-odd styles, all "based on" other styles from that folder. In order to reduce the obvious clutter and redundancy, I wish to delete all styles defined in that folder and just retain the ones that are derived off of them. Is there any easy way to copy all style definitions from one style to another, e.g., from the style named Entry to the one named Main in this example?

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    Choosing "no style" for the "based on" causes the style to retain all formatting and break the link to the other existing style. Is this what you mean?
    – Scott
    Feb 12, 2015 at 21:36
  • So in this case of I choose "no style" for the Main style's based on field, will it retain all attributes of the original Word style? Because that's what I want. I don't want it to revert to some default "base" style.
    – TheLearner
    Feb 12, 2015 at 21:40

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If you choose No Style for the Based On field all references to other styles get removed. However all formatting will be retained.

Based upon your question, I believe you can set the Based On to No Style and be set. This way all the original "Word (Entry)" style formatting will still be applied to "Main". However, if you change the "Word (Entry)" style, "Main" will no longer change as well.

You'll see the update in the Style Settings area once you set Based On to No Style.

If this does not do what you want, you can duplicate the "Word(Entry)" style, change it and title it "Main" -- same thing essentially.

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