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Should a footnote number be placed after a plural's S?

Greetings I've been recently working on a small piece of documentation file using beginner-level LaTeX. The acknowledgement and the purity of the documentation was satisfactory by now. Unfortunately, ...
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Is it possible to set your own white space in InDesign

I'm looking for a way to set my own white space in InDesign. In the same way as you can insert em-space or en-space I would like to insert a certain amount of space I've decided myself. I.e. a white ...
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Make indent for more than first line in paragraph styles in InDesign?

I wonder if anyone has any idea how to make indents for more than the first line in a paragraph? I obviously understand that I can work manually to make this happen but want to set a paragraph style ...
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Non-Conventional MSWord Formatting Using Baselines

It was a tie between SuperUser SE or this one - I feel like I would get better results here. My question is regarding the use of baselines, but keep in mind that I have a copy of MSOffice 2016 Home &...
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Is there a way to create persistent bullets in Power Point?

I have added thee custom bullets to the Style Master Text placeholder, however I would like to have a choice to choose one of those three bullets on the fly. These come through a custom font. This ...
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Moving at least two words to the next line in paragraph

I hate it when the paragraph ends with one word on the the last line. It's just not right for it to hang there by itself like that. Is there a way to force the last line to have at least 2 words?
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How do I find a specific character and apply a character style using InDesign?

How do I find all the ®'s and ™'s in a large body of text and apply a superscript character style to each find? Thanks.
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Select certain rows in a table in InDesign CC

Is there a way to multi select different rows in a table in indesign without having them all selected? E.g. made an example table and say I want to just edit row 1 and 3, but it highlights row 2 as ...
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What elements of this design make it look better than mine?

I made this design for practice, a simple popup warning someone of something: Immediately, I could tell there was something wrong with it, but I couldn't quite place my finger on what. I shared this ...
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Tables not formatting properly in Adobe InDesign CC

I'm opening a client file that was created through a design agency in Indesign but the Tables are not formatting corectly - rather, just text boxes and nothing like the PDF the designers also sent ...
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Introduce paragraphs with a term and colon

Particularly in students papers, I often see the that they start a paragraph, which may be quite lengthy, with a specific term followed by a colon. I believe this is just very comfortable for the ...
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Can I use interactive buttons in InDesign to display "answer"?

Our job ticketing system at work is super inefficient for what we do, so I'm trying to make a job ticket that allows us to check a few boxes and copy/paste any relevant details. I used check boxes for ...
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Is it possible to search in Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign to find text based upon its color?

Is it possible in Microsoft Word to search for text based upon its color? So I can find all text set to a white fill in a Word file? Or . . . Is it possible in Adobe InDesign to search for text based ...
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How to remove spaces present after some letters but not others in PowerPoint

Some letters in my PowerPoint have a space after them that is seemingly impossible to remove. I've tried changing font, adjusting kerning, and character spacing. Nothing removes the spaces. An example ...
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Footnote style using asterisk should have space or no space between symbol and note?

When referencing a footnote using an asterisk or other acceptable symbols such as dagger and double dagger, in the footnote itself do you put a space between the symbol and the note? Example: This is ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I'm currently typing up some lecture notes for a university course, and I'm having trouble deciding how exactly I should typeset the title of the document. The title consists of the subject ...
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InDesign Space Before and After not working for paragraph style

Newbie here! I am creating a family cookbook and using the opportunity to learn InDesign. With Paragraph Styles, my most recent pain-point has been adding "space before" and "space ...
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Replicating margins. columns and grid of an existing design layout InDesign CC

If I find a layout example that I like and want to imitate the grid layout whats the easiest way to go about it? Right now I have the example on a layer and just putting ruler guides on it to figure ...
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Is the YYYY-MM-DD date format acceptable in print media? How do you typeset it?

The "ISO 8601" date format is praised for its unambiguity, but it's predominantly a digital format, not too common in traditional media. Do you allow YYYY-MM-DD in print projects, or do you ...
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Is it possible prevent styles from "hitching up" direct formatting?

Here is a simple test: Create a new document and a text frame Type | three | | | | lines | | | | of text ...
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How to make the tab character work for text aligned to the right

Here is how the tab character typically works: Is there a way to have the same behavior when the text is aligned to the right and not the left? That is, if we talk about the right page of a spread, ...
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Center text horizontally and vertically without overflow

I have two layers - black shape and red text in Photoshop: I want to center the text inside the shape horizontally, and vertically. This is easy, I have done it by Layer > Align > Vertical ...
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Can I adjust leading for 2 lines of text I highlighted?

I am trying to adjust the leading of text. There are all different type sizes in the same text frame. I highlighted the two lines that I wanted to adjust the leading of but nothing changed. It seems ...
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Creating line breaks and spacing between heading, subtitle and body copy InDesign CS6

Currently when I am creating headings, subheadings and body copy I am using a hard return to move the text onto a new line. I understand that a hard return is an indication of a new paragraph so ...
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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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Text won't align at top of box

I have two text boxes. One is aligned directly at the top of the box, the other has a space at the top. They have the exact same settings; I cannot find any difference between them. What is causing ...
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Automatic Spacing between multiple text objects

Hello, here is my issue: I am trying to set up a workbook where titles (h1, h2) and basic text (p) iterate a lot and vary in length. Hence, between those text objects, I want to insert a "spacer&...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

Most books and magazine articles are printed with full justification, namely with both left and right justification, even though it is generally accepted that the most readable of the justification ...
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InDesign: change justification on autoflowed text

Is it possible to have two text frames with different justifications, which are linked to allow the text to flow between them? I'm inheriting an old design someone made using two individual text ...
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Are paragraphs in a (bullet) list item an antipattern?

Say I'm writing a document (maybe an email) and I'm describing 3 possible solutions to a given problem. Each solution can be described in like 3-10 sentences. I'd like to break down the solution ...
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InDesign: import multiple questions from Word, one per page

I'm not even sure what to search for as I googled for a while but couldn't find anything. In a Word doc, I have a list of 300 questions. I'm trying to create a writing journal where there is one ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any rules of thumb / guidelines to optimize / balance this design?

Considering the following panel, are there any rules of thumb, tricks or guidelines to optimize / balance the look? This is the panel with vertical measurements: The panel is part of a website, in ...
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Indesign: Javascript to access the New Hyperlink panel

I want to create what is hopefully a simple javascript action that I can assign to a keyboard shortcut to save me clicking the same steps over and over. Basically, I want to highlight my text, then ...
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Is there a good way to work with Indesign justification settings?

I don't find it very intuitive, and I haven't found a clear guide online as yet. I end up "playing" with Word Spacing until I get to an approximation of what I need. I only ever modify Word ...
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Edge-to-edge Image + Text in MailChimp

I'm creating an email in MailChimp using content blocks. (I'll be happy to use another method, but that seems to be the most convenient method at the outset.) Within the Image content block, there is ...
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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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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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How do you decide the ratio between font-size & line-height?

I don't know if there's a canonical answer, but maybe some theories that you can point me to that I can read about. Do most designers just play it by ear? Or go from the gut?
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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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Which of the following layouts is best for a print/digital publication?

Here are three options: Option 1 (centered charts, two-column text) Option 2 (text on left, charts on right) Option 3 (left text, right charts on odd pages, right text left charts on even pages) I ...
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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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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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Illustrator text alignment

I want my text to produce exact outcome of 'justify all lines'. i took text, dragged it, created a box (exactly the size i want my paragraph to be in) and then applied 'justify all lines' from ...
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Numbering nonconsecutive paragraphs in InDesign

I have a project that requires that we primarily lay out a lot of text (think sections in an employee manual) with explanatory notes scattered throughout the document. We only want to number the ...
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Add a special character o glyph made of three dots for quick insertion InDesign

I am working on a long text with InDesign cs6 and I need to be able to quickly write/insert a special charter that looks likes this three dots in the image (They are three dots and the middle on is ...
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Word breaks at a parentheses within the word ex. (im)possible

i recently got an offer to do a quick catalogue for an artist and there is a point in his text with a parentheses in it ex. (im)possible. indesign is breaking the word into: blah blah one line (im) ...
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