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Master pages and applying adjustments to photo place holder frames in InDesign

I am working on a photobook right now in ID 2021 with the same size place holder frame and margins applied to all pages. I want to increase my margin and the size of the photo frame and apply it to ...
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IndDesign - chapter name XML

As I am preparing a catalogue in InDesign based on xml import. Ideal would be that the chapter titles would be imported as well as a variable/xml tag. That would mean I can have 1 xml file and 1 .indt ...
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InDesign data merge: only show comma if second address field has value

Is there a way to only show a comma in my data merged document if there is a second address value present? The addresses in the CSV don't have commas to begin with and are entered as: 123 Main Street ...
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In Design Horizontal Black lines in PNG that shouldn't be there and get printed!

I've got a slightly different problem. I've got horizontal lines (like exercise book lines but much closer together) behind ONE image on a page full of several copies of said image. There is a ...
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Adding characters using Grep style in InDesign

2 problems about paragraph style... can grep style do this? Thanks! 1. if number is 10 duplicate four time / result: 10 101010 2. if number is 8 add 3 character like this "*" / result: 8 *...
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When working with printing services, how big are paper sizes before trimming to "standard" sizes?

I'm working on a case-bound hardcover A5 book (portrait) and this is the first time I've ever had design files for content inside the book when bookbinding. The signatures will be sewn together and ...
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How to align bulleted text in a paragraph style InDesign [duplicate]

Im creating a paragraph style right now and I want to make sure all the text is in line as you can see the second and third lines are indented. I've played around with the bullets and numbering, ...
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Bizarre behaviour of letters resizing automatically as I type in InDesign

hoping someone can shed some light on my situation. I am facing something I have never faced before. As I type in a text box, no matter the font, there seems to be some kind of behavioral rule telling ...
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Grep: Search between "beginning of a paragraph" and colon :

I try to apply a style to a string of words that is beginning a paragraph and before a colon. I prepared a first Grep search but it is not working (it is only placing the cursor before the colon ...
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how to make PVC lamination print file in indesign? (matt PVC foil for book cover protection)

I need to make PVC protecting foil for a book cover. i dont know how to set that up in indesign..
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Indesign: GREP lookbehind

I'm trying to automatize giving character styles to the editor given names (not the author names) in literature sources like this one via Find/Change (not GREP styles): Jacobs, G. A., Boero, J. V., ...
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Indesign: Paragraph styles. Is it possible to have a style that sets no indent for the first paragraph and 4mm for the rest of the paragraphs

Indesign: Paragraph styles. Is it possible to have a style that sets no indent for the first paragraph and 4mm for the rest of the paragraphs? What do I need to search for? Cheers.
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Best /fastest way to resize a 130-page photobook in InDesign?

I've got a photobook layout in InDesign that's 12" x 8.5" — very little text, almost entirely photos. The photos are laid out in a lot of different ways in the book; some are full page, some ...
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How to make a vivid orange pantone color for a book title, if I need it to be printed in process colors along with some photo?

I need to print a title for a book cover and it needs to be bright/vivid orange, but it needs to be printed in Process colour along with a photograph.. (to print it at the same time) and i dont know ...
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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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InDesign: Can I automate Master Page assignment to multiple, non-contiguous, pages without using page numbers?

I need to replace a couple existing master pages with other existing master pages. I am familiar with how to replace master pages in general. I have Master Pages - A, B, C, D, E, F. I need to replace ...
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InDesign - booklet printing multiple duplexed spreads on a single page

I'm working on a booklet that is 3x5". I'd like to be able to print two two-page spreads per letter-size sheet of paper, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do this in InDesign. Is this ...
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Right-align rest of paragraph after tab

I’m typesetting an index for a book where the index subjects (the names/words/items themselves) should be left-aligned, but the page numbers referenced should be right-aligned – similar to what you’d ...
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Can I convert text boxes saved in a PSD file to be editable once opened in InDesign?

I have created a PSD file which has a large amount of text boxes. I then placed that file in an InDesign document and now I am required to make all the text editable. Is there a quick way of solving ...
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Content management for reports with low technical barrier

In my work we produce a large number of architecture reports usually between 20 and 100 pages every year. They must be high quality and are currently being produced in Indesign. However this creates ...
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Outer glow looks cut off in PDF export than in original design files

I'm working on this design using InDesign and, with Overprint Preview on, the outer glow on my text looks exactly the way I want it. However, when I export to PDF from within InDesign, the glow seems ...
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InDesign: override master page text style while maintaining master page text content?

Say I've got a master page with a text box on it, and in that text box I have the text "cat." I color the text black. I then apply this master to a basic document page, allow overrides on ...
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How can I make this typo effect?

I want to make a work with distortion in the line of letters. What should I do? GEOPHA-GIA (in photo)
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How to Get Paragraph Numbering Aligned Away from the Spine?

Wondering if you can help me with an indesign layout problem. Any idea how I can get paragraph numbers aligned away from the spine on a facing page spread? I've tried tinkering with the right-left ...
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Trouble pasting a group of object into text for anchoring

I am trying to paste a group of objects into a text chain to anchor it so it will flow with the text. A single object works fine. But the paste option is dimmed if I try to paste two (or three) ...
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Pixelated artwork made in Illustrator

I've made a quick sun graphic for a portfolio in illustrator that is pixelated when I zoom in and when I import it into InDesign. I can't seem to make the geometry a vector or find any answers as to ...
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Disappearing characters while typing in InDesign

I am trying to place numbers on successive rows by typing the number and tapping the enter key, then typing a number and so on. I can type the first number, but when I tap the enter key the following ...
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Importing Excel table to InDesign

I am having a problem when importing a table from Excel to Indesign. I am getting errors when there is a formula behind text in the table. If the formula results in a number, the number is imported ...
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If using InDesign on an Apple computer, is there a way to flow MS Word files in Indian languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Sinhala, and Kannada?

I am designing a book translated to a number of Indic languages. I have had trouble reading the translations, which are MS Word files, on my Apple laptop computer. Oddly, Kannada is legible (the ...
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Add a border on a word in indesign

Is there a way to add a rounded border/background on only one word in a paragraph in indesign ? Or a way to have a dynamic object that can be put in a paragraph and edited by double clicking to get ...
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How to select or copy all text in InDesign document

I want to select all text content of every page in an InDesign document or copying all text in InDesign document. I have tried scripting method, but did not work.
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How to user User dictionary to indication hyphenation

I’m trying to build a custom hyphenation dictionary, and with the ressources I found, it doesn’t seams to work. Right now, I have a User dictionary, containing one word with a required hyphenation. It ...
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Keep image ratio bulk export JPG from Indesign

Is there a reason why the generated JPG has the ratio of the image frame its in. Say you place a square psd file and make it smaller in the rectangle and also make that frame rectangular. Now the ...
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InDesign: undeletable # character appearing after having suppressed a table of contents

I'm currently working on a draft of a book to which I bring orthographic corrections before publication. Here is the problem I come across. The draft sent by the author contains a table of contents ...
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GREP: Change spaces for tabs in specific conditions

I want to know the way in InDesign with GREPs, if possible, to any paragraph that starts with numbers followed by a period and a space ("00" + [.] + [space]"), and replace the space for ...
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How do I grep from the match closest to the end?

I have a sequence of titles and description in my text following a pattern similar to Data A: foo; Data B: bar; Data C: baz; Data D: qux I want to bold just the titles, so I wrote the following GREP ...
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InDesign: suddenly Update TOC deletes everything

I had a document I was adding text to, with a TOC. I updated the TOC several times, everything was OK. Then I realized a chunk of text in the document wasn't in its place, so I cut and pasted it in ...
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How to cut lines exactly outline of shape?

ish to illustrator, and I've been working on this logo for my partner. I have created all these lines and am happy with how it is looking. However, I want the lines that make up the image to be cut ...
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Use GREP in Indesign to replace PAIRS of typographer's (curly) quotation marks

Current format: “This is a quoted speech, which said ‘another quoted speech’ is best.” “However, what about their ‘discussion’s speech’?” Intended format: ‘This is a quoted speech, which said “another ...
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Getting VSCODE like font usage in Indesign

I want to recreate VScode like visual/text in Indesign. I can't get the apostrophe to be vertical and the overall feeling is not the same as I would like somebody got tips for me how to make this ...
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Why PDF file from InDesign shows different dimensions after export?

The size shown in inches in PDF is significantly different from the InDesign settings in mm. I am worried there are some scaling settings that I missed. I didn't set anything specific though. Exported ...
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Export InDesign to Epub removed "^j' character

I'm exporting a book to epub. In Persian, there is a special character that is used to make a small space without creating two separate words. Adobe InDesign knows this character as "^j", ...
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Footnotes are only appearing after a manual text box shift. Help!

I've got a terrifying InDesign bug and I'm hoping someone else has come across it/knows how to avoid it. This never happened before InDesign 2018 (v14), but it's been happening since. Sometimes ...
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Is there any way to combine a hyperlink with a cross-reference?

I am using InDesign 2021 (v16.0) to create a document for export to PDF. There are places where I'd like to insert a hyperlink to a specific section and also include the page number, for example: For ...
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Is it possible to create a book (pages to be printed/viewed on web) in Ai rather than Id?

As a novice, I've been made to create a brand book, coolio. I've researched all the parts of what I want and should include in my brand book, the logo and colours have been approved, and I've written ...
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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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Is there a way to auto-baseline-shift a line to the top of the largest inline object?

Indesign aligns inline objects to the bottom. Is there a way to make it so inserting an object inline will make everything go to the top instead? I can manually accomplish this with baseline shift, ...
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Unable to delete an object in InDesign, bug?

How can I delete an object that I can select and move around, but can't delete via keyboard delete button nor cut via the right click cut option? This is on MacOs. It feels like a bug...
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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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InDesign spreads export to PDF viewable as spreads but printable only as single pages

I have a 12 page brochure set up in InDesign as spreads. I want to export the design as a PDF viewable as spreads but printable only as single pages. Can anyone help?
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