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Change a paragraph style based on the paragraph style before it [duplicate]

In InDesign, I have H1, H2, and H3 styles that look fine when preceded and followed by my Body style. But in the instances where H1 is followed by H2, or H2 is followed by H3, there is too much white ...
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InDesign Scripting: Adding a paragraph after every paragraphs of a particular style

I'm trying to automatically insert a new paragraph below every paragraph that has a particular style. This is working well, but there is the side effect of changing the style of the paragraph ...
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Replace the path of an image in XML export

I am exporting articles from InDesign to XML to import it on our website. Now I want to import the images. I put it in a tag in InDesign called "IMG". The standard output without XSL looks ...
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EPS images blurry in ID

I bought 20 EPS line art images from Shutterstock to use in a book. But, all the images are pixelated. I got in touch with Shutterstock and they told me that the images are fine and the problem is on ...
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Adobe indesign script to apply stroke to all the frames in document

I need to automate some process in Indesign, therefore I need a javascript script with simple feature: select all frame objects (no matter what kind of a content: both text and image), and add a ...
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Weird color distortion when using an effect on top of an image in InDesign

In Adobe InDesign, I have placed a pink image that I brought in from Photoshop. The below screenshot is how the pink looks like in Mac Preview (I'm on Mountain Lion). I wanted to add some lines to ...
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Some text in my design disappears in PDF. InDesign Version 16.0

When I export my inDesign document as a PDF, some text randomly disappears (see orange text on the screenshots below). I tried converting text to outlines and that did not work. Same colored text on ...
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How can you edit bookmarks in an InDesign document?

Got a 50-page INDD presentation, added some bookmarks, which went fine. But then I need to edit some of the bookmarks, and make them link to other pages. To my surprise, there is no "Edit" ...
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Margins only displaying on document pages, not master pages

I'm running into a problem I haven't encountered before; I set up a document in InDesign and my margins are correct on all of my document pages, but when I click on the Master page they are not ...
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Anchored object as a nested style delimiter

Is it possible to use an anchored object as a delimiter within a nested style (InDesign 19.3 x64) or would I be better off manually setting an end to the nested style via the special characters ...
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Using Anchored Objects within a text frame

I am creating a text frame that consists of multiple elements that need to dynamically move according to what is filled in and whats not. The text frame has a title, an image, a subtitle and a ...
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How to remove characters from auto-numbering in InDesign cross referencing?

my document has autonumbered headings styled as following: 1) Numbered Heading level 1 1.1) Numbered Heading level 2 ... The auto-numbering is set as ^#)^> for heading 1 and ^1.^#)^> for heading ...
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Unlock page item InDesign without breaking thread

I have tried to override page items in InDesign page. In master page the text frames are threaded while I try to override master page items in the first page of the InDesign document the frame thread ...
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Indesign Scripting: In a loop, find consecutive paragraphs with the same paragraph style

What I'm trying to do Find all instances of paragraphs with a certain paragraph style. Cut the paragraphs and create a text frame where each group of paragraphs was. Apply an object style to the new ...
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Indesign, table: How to horizontally align text and object in table cell

I want to have a cell where I have text flush left, then a graphic slightly taller than the text object flush right. How do I horizontally align them? W/out the objects the text easily center-aligns, ...
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Indesign: can't get rid of padding on Auto Resized text boxed

I auto resized a text box to "height only", but is still has a little white space between the bottom of the text and the bottom of the box. The inset spacing is all set to zero. Any ideas as ...
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InDesign: Anchored text frame in book layout with border styles relative to the spine?

I'm working on a book layout and I need a way to create an anchored text box that has a thicker border on the page edge, sort of like this: I've looked at the border options and there doesn't seem to ...
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Automatic date on InDesign

I'm trying to make my own planner or journal using InDesign. I was wondering if there is any way I can make the date go 'up' automatically. So that I can add pages, based on a master for example, ...
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XML Indesign Layout Troubleshoot

Im trying to create a course catalog layout using XML. I go through the steps of creating basic layout tagging it and mapping styles. When I go to import xml I select "clone repeating text elements," "...
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How to change alignment of placed ICML file?

When placing an ICML file into InDesign, it gives me a text frame which is right-aligned. The content is in English and I can't change the alignment of the frame unless I “Check out.” I would like to ...
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Is it possible to merge a facing pages layout with a Non-facing pages layout in a PDF?

I need to insert a facing pages PDF document into a single pages PDF document, is it possible to do this and keep the structure of both? This means that the result should be one document in which you ...
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How can I Unzip an Indesign 15.1.2 ePub When MacOS Archive Utility Says "Unsupported Format"?

I am troubleshooting some loss of fidelity when uploading InDesign-created epub to KDP, and I want to look at the epub as it is right after the Indesign export process, to check on HTML and CSS tags. ...
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How to create a box around in-line text?

I am looking for a way to create this type of boxes (like "uncommon", "evocation", "magical" in the image below) around text. Mostly this text would be on a separate line,...
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Trying to script a Indesign dialog to handle user input

I've been picking away at this script, the idea is to have a dialog that steps through the layers in the document and has the user pick from a dropdown to set a text box on the slug. The issue I'm ...
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XML special characters

I am doing a catalog layout in indesign using xml. Is there a special character in xml for column break similar to 	 for tab characters or are column break characters just an Indesign feature?
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How do you disable the 'welcome' screen in Adobe InDesign?

Running Adobe InDesign 18.3 via Creative Cloud 5.10.0 in MacOS Ventura 13.4. Once a file is closed in InDesign a new window opens with a 'welcome' salutation and displaying links to recent files, ...
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InDesign CC dynamically apply colour to text from master page

I have a timeline on a master page, then pages for most of the items on the timeline. I want to set a character style to the item on the timeline related to the current page. The content, position, ...
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InDesign loading and saving joboptions file results in different files

I received a .joboptions file from the printer, but I noticed when I load the file, then (without changing anything) save it as a different joboptions file, the files are different. Here is a diff of ...
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Auto fitting image to margins for multiple pages?

I imported a PDF to InDesign but many pages have different proportions and they didn't fit the InDesign pages so I have to resize each one of them, is there a script or other way to do that (rather ...
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Font appears in Illustrator but not in InDesign

I am using a font (the lovely Sprat by Ethan Nakache) for a project and cannot get it to work in InDesign – it doesn't show up in the Type menu. It appears and works fine in Illustrator as well as ...
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My InDesign PDF is larger than what I set my document as?

So I'm trying to upload a PDF to Blurb.ca, and it only accepts the file if it's within the dimensions it requires (21x26 cm). I have my file set to 20x25 cm (which is the final booklet size) with a ...
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Indesign - Paste Inline Image Resized to Frame Width

I'm inserting large inline images into my text flow, which it then breaks the flow and disappears. Is there a way to have it automatically resize to fit the text frame's boundaries?
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Rendering clipped/mask SVG files in Scribus/InDesign

Scribus can't do this, so I'm wondering first of all if InDesign can. If not, are there any other ways to modify the shape of an object which would render it in one or both of these programs?
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Adjust font size relative to another font size in InDesign

Is it possible in InDesign to globally adjust the size of font A relative to the size of another font B so that given the same "Font Size" they have always the same height of their lowercase letters? ...
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InDesign or Illustrator for package design?

I was debating with my students this week about which software to submit their files in for my package design class. A few advantages of InDesign I see are as follow: The capability of creating mixed ...
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Inconsistent length of divider line on footnotes imported from Word to InDesign

I've placed a file with footnotes from Word into InDesign, but the length of the divider line is narrow on some and full column width on others. I've applied a paragraph style to achieve the correct ...
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Pros and cons of threading text frames over columns in InDesign?

I've recently learnt about threading text as frames and started using it - but when would it be better than a text column or table? I understand you'd use columns for something like newspaper ...
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Transfer files from illustrator to indesign

I have a big issue. I created a brand book on Illustrator as it was initially easier to work with vectors. It is now 120 pages as it is constantly evolving, and I now need to transfer everything to ...
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InDesign links don't look good

I've moved to a new computer (mac to mac) and from a pervious version of InDesign. The file I've opened from the previous version opens fine. But, even if the links are all in the same directory, they ...
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Why is InDesign exporting my pdf with compression artefacts only visible on the background?

I'm in the process of literally giving my old CV a new coat of paint. My old, working export settings for getting a clean pdf have been lost with the last re-installing of Windows. It should not be as ...
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Why are images with proPhotoRGB profile not displaying colours in inDesign correctly

I have been experimenting with exporting images from Lightroom 6 using a variety of rgb and cmyk profiles as both jpegs and tif (8bit and 16 bit). The images all look much the same on Windows Explorer ...
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Setting up a GREP find and proper nouns

I'm trying to set up a GREP which will find the proper nouns in my document and apply a character style to them which I will then use to preclude them from a spellcheck (I'm trying to avoid having to ...
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How can I combine animations in InDesign?

I'm trying to make a navigation bar with a dropdown menu which will contain some links like: Menu1 | Menu2 | Menu3 ----- sub1_1 | sub2_1 | sub3_1 sub1_2 | sub2_2 | sub3_1 So when I click Menu1 it ...
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Adobe InDesign - Editing the list of character colors suggested under Character Style > Character Color

I'd like to know if there is a way to delete or modify the color swatches that show up under character style options > character color. Even better would be if I could connect these swatches to a ...
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Acrobat Pro: PDF dimensions not exact

I'm wondering for a while now: When I export a document in InDesign and view the dimensions of the pdf in Acrobat Pro, the dimensions are a little off (like ~0.002 cm). Should be 29.7 x 21 cm. When ...
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Indesign: How to fix last line of text to bottom

is there any way in indesign to break a paragraph at a given point and fix the last line to the bottom in the same way it happens with the shift key+tab command for right indent tab? I always resorted ...
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Version 4 ICC Profiles were converted to version 2 ICC Profiles during PDF Export error Indesign

Version 4 ICC Profiles were converted to version 2 ICC Profiles during PDF Export error Indesign Context: I am currently trying to export a file from Indesign into a PDF, however, I am getting the ...
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Using Adobe Indesign for scientific writing

For the last years I had a somehow cumbersome and inefficient workflow to write and layout scientific papers. I wrote them in Mellel or MS Word due to the structure/ouline functionality and exported ...
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Indesign Grep function to break email addresses on @ symbol

I'm trying to fit email addresses in a staff directory and wish to have the emails break on @ in order to have them look more consistent. I'm importing the email addresses via a data merge as well ...
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How can I bulk-change the color of text in InDesign?

I’ve got a twenty-page document; each page has six text boxes on it with no other content. I want to change the text colour of all text, including the text boxes. Is there a simple way I can do this ...

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