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Is there a way, in InDesign, to indent every second and third line in a poem to look like this?!

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    What have you tried? – Ryan Jun 4 '15 at 12:35
  • As Ryan asks, could you tell us what you tried that didn't work? Always good to show some effort, and your chances for a good answer increase. Thanks! – Vincent Jun 5 '15 at 10:42
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Yes, by using "next styles" – a feature of Paragraph Styles.

First the preparation: at the end of each line in your poem should be a hard return, meaning each line is it's own paragraph.

Then create three paragraph styles: one for each of the first three lines. Paragraph style #1 has no left indent, #2 has a small left indent, and #3 has a big indent.

Now link the styles together:

  • Edit paragraph style #1, and set its "Next style" to paragraph style #2.
  • In the same fashion, set the next style of style #2 to #3.
  • And finally set the next style of #3 to #1.

Each style now "points to" the style that should follow it.

To apply:

  • Select all the text
  • In your paragraph styles palette, right-click (or control-click) your paragraph style #1
  • And from the menu that appears, choose "Apply paragraph style #1, then Next Style"
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Maybe you could try "nested styles" for indesign.

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