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Overlines in InDesign CC

I am struggling with a computer science document that makes liberal use of overline characters to indicate negation, i.e. NOT. Using a hook instead of an overline is not suitable for this material as ...
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Is QuarkXpress still relevant for manuscripts and books please? [duplicate]

I used QuarkXpress years ago when freelancing on a temporary basis with a local printer/publisher, when I edited manuscripts for local authors and developed the layouts. The version with which I am ...
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What's the best practice for hyphenation in InDesign?

I always get those annoying hyphens on almost every line no matter what I'm doing. I edit each line individually as necessary but this becomes tedious for bigger tasks. Is there a better way to manage ...
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Find a string between 2 static element groups

I want to find all textblocks in InDesign with Grep that are between "Article: " and "— " I already tried to understand what they do here: https://indesignsecrets.com/findbetween-a-...
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PDF Looses Saturation when Exported at a Lower Resolution

I exported my PDF with images from Illustrator, but the file was too large (around 35 MB), so I exported it with the PDF/X-1a:2001 setting to lower the resolution. The file was smaller as I wanted, ...
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InDesign: How to prevent darkened anti-aliased edges on placed .ai file?

I have an Illustrator file with some paths on a transparent background, one of which is a mesh inside a clipping path. When I place this file inside a InDesign document and export as a PDF, the anti-...
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InDesign doesn't want to start a new page with a subheading or new paragraph

The only way I can persuade InDesign to start a new paragraph (whichever of my styles I am using, and including the subheadings) on a new page, is to insert a Page Break. Otherwise it splits the ...
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InDesign Create Table of Contents based on character style?

I'm creating a small dictionary to accompany a new project and in it I have things formatted where the paragraph style is just my generic Body Copy style but the defined term itself is its own ...
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Find brackets that do not have a closing bracket

I need to find brackets that don't have a closing bracket, as well as brackets that don't have a bracket open. That is, for example, I have the following text: Lorem (ipsum dolor sit amet), ...
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Can I automatically apply a different paragraph style to all paragraphs beginning with a specific character style?

I'm laying out a very long encyclopedia which has lots of entries. The title of each article is inline with the first paragraph (each entry has multiple paragraphs), but does have a character style ...
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Which program do I use for multi-page document with master elements

I have been searching for this for a long time but I can't seem to find an answer. So I would like to ask the community. I have been using Corel Draw for years and I found it to be amazing. But every ...
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Adobe InDesign: everything looks pixelated

I've just bought a new monitor as the old one was dying. It's an AOC Q3279VWFD8 and I've a NVIDIA Quadro 600 Graphics card. InDesign displayed perfectly on the old monitor, but since plugging in the ...
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Script to find textframes that cross the page margins does not working properly

I wrote a script that should find and alert on every textframe that overlapping the page margins on some side. But the problem is that the script also identifies textframes that are inside the margins,...
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InDesign: How do I unlock a text box?

I accidentally locked a text box, and now I can`t move it or edit the text. Ctrl-L is probably what locked it in the first place (or idk)... But how do I unlock it???
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Word to InDesign: Import leaves blank text boxes with overset text mark

After I import my Word Document into InDesign it only places the first few pages. Afterwords I get empty pages, eventhough the word documents is shown in the story editor. How can I force InDesign to ...
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Issue updating master pages in InDesign book

I have the following setup in InDesign CC 13: A book.indb with a front matter, several chapters of text, and an end matter, each as a separate .indd document. The front matter is set as style source ...
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numbers and units in InDesign: Is there an easy way to do this?

I am involved in the writing of a lot of scientific texts. A lot of them I (am forced to) do in LaTeX. However, I prefer InDesign, and use it more often than Latex. Scientific/engineering texts often ...
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InDesign - How to add line breaks without breaking the line

I am working with Mongolian script in InDesign and for some reason some of the characters are not recognized (picture 1 - end of the paragraph) until the line break is forced (picture 2). In order to ...
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RGB to CMYK color in printed books [duplicate]

I write and illustrate children's books. I scan my illustrations to jpeg and then create the book in InDesign. The proof always looks great but the printed book illustrations are awful. I have tried ...
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Best way to convert legacy font typed InDesign document to Unicode based encoding?

I have multiple InDesign books, with documents created using a legacy Tamil (an Indian Language) font. I want to change it all to Unicode encoding. What I am currently doing: Create a legacy font to ...
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How to change paragraph composer using script?

Is there a script command that can reassign the adobe paragraph composer to 'World paragraph composer'? The InDesign ExtendScript API(12.0) does not seem to have a command. I basically want to ...
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Is there a way to apply a different paragraph style to alternate rows or columns in InDesign table?

I am creating a table style and want to apply a different paragraph style to every odd row or column in a table, is such a thing possible in In Design? As I can only find options for colour and border ...
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Post-processing inDesign layouts? When to transfer to photoshop, illustrator, and in what order?

I know that there are a lot of similar questions on this topic and at the end of the day, it is a flexible process that really just comes down to personal preference, but I'm seeking some insight. I ...
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Illustrator vector objects lose their curves when imported into InDesign

I am having a new issue with Illustrator 2020 and InDesign 2020 compatibility. If I drag-and-drop .ai files into an InDesign Artboard (or Place them), their curves become edgy. However, if I copy ...
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How can I get the table of Contents to include embedded data?

I am making five booklets and the first 8 pages are the same for each booklet so I have made a separate Indesign file (with the same paragraph, character and object styles and colours) and embedded ...
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Is it okay to extend graphics beyond bleed just a bit?

I Googled and found this page about bleed. It says the following: The fact that content needs to extend beyond the page boundaries is no excuse for sloppy design. Letting images extend beyond the ...
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Illustrator Opacity masks not recognised in InDesign

I am trying to place an .ai file containing Opacity Masks into InDesign. However, in InDesign the Opacity Masks are not displayed as intended. Any ideas or checkboxes I might have missed? Here's the ...
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How to stop new pages from always aligning to the right of the spine

I'm having this very troublesome problem where adding new pages by either placing a document or adding manually, creates a right-formatted page from my master spread that defaults to the right of the ...
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Tool for creating portfolio item for Mobile, Tab and desktop

I would like to create a nice portfolio item like below. But I'm a developer and no experience with graphic design. But I would like to create portfolio items. i.e. no need to be a professional ...
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Printing an illustrator template as a brochure

I have an illustrator template brochure with pages inside one view, Can i print this as brochure without putting each page on an individual view? here's what I have https://prnt.sc/sd5gka
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Styling characters into a pragraph

I am looking for a specific design on characters or words in an Adobe InDesign paragraph. I styled a paragraph as a little pill. But I want to apply this design on a certain word in a larger ...
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Show (or list) things on page/document that use given style (paragraph, character, object, table or cell) in InDesign?

I have quite dense styling hierarchy and would like to ensure that stuff that uses those styles is set up correctly and I didn't mix something up on accident. In Office Word there is "Select all" ...
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How can I reposition pages in InDesign to space them more?

I am working with InDesign with a layout that contains 4 different elements of different sizes. However, sometimes these elements bleed over onto another element's page boundaries, and I would like ...
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Adobe Indesign Table Color Opacity

How can i fill color which is white and opacity only 5% on table rows?
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Inserting Dates Using Paragraph Style

Hello, so I’m making a planner and I want to add dynamic dates, so what I did is customizing a paragraph style with a numbering list, it works fine until I start the second column, apparently, it's ...
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Make certain objects non editable in adobe acrobat (pdf)

Is there any way to lock certain objects so they cannot be edited in Adobe Acrobat? Example: I made post card in illustrator and i want person who opens it in adobe acrobat only to be able to edit ...
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Include “area” in 3 columns in InDesign (merging part of columns)

I've been trying to accomplish in InDesign something along the attached screenshot. I've a 3-columns indesign file and will like to add a block (either an image or a table) like the one in the ...
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Combining black and white drawings on one InDesign page

I'm trying to combine a number of black and white pencil and ink drawings onto one page but the separate images keep ending up with slightly different tints from each other and from the white space. ...
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How to rotate pages completely

I just started out using indesign and I struggle with very basic things sometimes because I never really "learned" them. I usually just google them and that works out just fine. But this one is ...
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Best way to save web ads in InDesign with maximum clarity?

Creating InDesign web ads saved at 72ppi they look blurry. When saved at a higher ppi and then checking image size in Photoshop, the pixel dimensions off. If you create a web banner ad in InDesign,...
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Unable to create curves in Indesign

I am new to Adobe Indesign, and I am currently using the 2019 version. So, I want to create a text on a curve line like this. The Methodology I used I tried to create this line by using 2 anchor ...
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Is there a way to spread a paragraph over all of a text frame's columns in InDesign?

I'm laying out a text with lists and headings between them. I used the 'Text frame options' to split a page-wide text frame into two columns. Now, it so happens that one of my main headings is too ...
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Paragraph shading in different apps

I'm looking for a free software (maybe even open-source) which can handle similar effect to Paragraph Shading in InDesign - which is working magnificent. InDesign example: Heading 2 is based on ...
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InDesign not applying footnote separator formatting

Does anyone have any idea why this isn't being applied? I want a full point and an emspace after the footnote number before the footnote text, which is what I've told it to do but all it's doing is ...
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How to do citations?

I am looking for a way to do citations in Adobe InDesign, preferably without footnotes. I'm planning to write a document similar to a bachelors or masters theses. Therefore, it would be awesome to ...
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Start new chapter manually

How do I start a new chapter? I've been creating sections thinking that i was starting new chapters, but I just checked through variables and the chapter is the same for the whole document. How do ...
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Left to Right in indesign

I have a hebrew Text string in a document. And it has the wrong direction. The Adobe docs write something about this: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/arabic-hebrew.html But I can't find any of ...
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InDesign plug-in for random text variations in size and position

I'm trying to typeset a book with an "old" / "handmade" look, with little irregularities, shuffled up kerning and spacing, letters that are slightly unaligned, and so on. More or less like in this ...
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Offset controls disabled when wrapping text around object in InDesign

In InDesign, I have a non-anchored image (in a frame) that is linked to a Photoshop (psd) document. I selected the frame and choose "Wrap around object shape." The text correctly wraps around the ...
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InDesign Excel Table changes character style after import

I am using a linked Excel file (xls) in InDesign. I have all of the cells using cell styles that then use a paragraph style, and character style. The cell character style is changing after I update ...

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