Questions tagged [paragraph-styles]

Questions about storing and applying style rules to paragraphs. Lay-out software like InDesign and QuarkXPress allow general style rules to be selected, which can then be applied to selected paragraphs.

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How to scale a shape to meet a dynamic element?

I have a PDF of a report which uses the above styles for section headings. I want to replicate these in InDesign. I am not sure how the original one was created. The starting point for me seems to be ...
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How to hide half of a character in InDesign?

Let's say I have a movie with rating 2.5 and I should write this rating with specific star character which is ✪ (272A, http://jrgraphix.net/r/Unicode/2700-27BF). Is there some way I could use ...
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Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

I've come across this quite a few times now. Whilst working on a long document with several areas with bullet points, it's obviously more efficient to style the bullet points using Paragraph Styles. ...
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Importing markdown content in InDesign?

Okay, I have a markdown file (.md) that has all my book's content. I want to style and arrange this content in InDesign. Then I want to export this styled content to a PDF for reading. The way I was ...
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

I am currently creating a book layout with inline code and code-blocks. For those code parts, i would like to add a background-color. It should handle code similar to the way it is displayed on ...
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How do I make nested vertical rulers in InDesign?

Is there a possbility to nest vertical rulers in InDesign with a Paragraph Style? My intended result looks like this: How do I make this in InDesign? I have found this trick to use Paragraph Shading ...
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InDesign: grep style to move single i words to next line

I need a Grep style in my paragraph styles in InDesign that makes sure that the letter i cannot stand alone at the end of a line, but will always move to the beginning of the next line. I have a ...
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Vertically centered Guillemet next to a paragraph using only paragraph and/or character styles?

I guess it's easier to show you what I want to achieve than try to explain it :P Take a look: As you can see, there is a Guillemet (French quotation mark) next to the paragraph, centered vertically ...
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How can I thread text with offset headers?

I would like to thread a sequence of text through a number of pages. My requirement is that the body text always starts on the same line, and if there is a header, it always sits above this point. ...
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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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Adobe InDesign: Avoiding first line indent of the first paragraph (via Paragraph Style)

In InDesign, is it possible to create a Paragraph Style that indents the first line starting with the second paragraph instead of the first paragraph? In other words, I would like to create a ...
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A question about the readability of hanging indents in print

Large amounts of copy are way more readable for me when the paragraphs are divided by hanging indents (instead of standard first-line indentation). I'm not really sure why, but it's way easier on my ...
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Create a GREP style that finds paragraphs that starts with 2 possible words, then styles the entire paragraph

I have a QA style article where a question is posed, then answered. Community News: How are you today? Tom: I'm doing great! CN: I'm doing well today. Thanks for asking. I'd like to apply a grep ...
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Add column break and space to using paragraph using styles

I'm going to design a fairly large festival programme and wish to make use of XML to ease the process. But I need to be able to make column break after each entry, and also add spacing after certain ...
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How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently it's been done ...
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Working with InDesign paragraph styles and text indenting with paragraph rules

I'm trying to create a "Pull Quote" paragraph style and having issues with spacing. I'd like the paragraph to have "padding" or text indenting around all sides (I realize that padding is the wrong ...
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How much space should I leave between two paragraphs?

I'm an engineer, therefore my knowledge of graphic design are very, very, very poor... so please bear with me. I want to know how much space I should leave between two paragraphs for my thesis. I've ...
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Writing professional texts

Since I don't know pretty much about, I'd like to ask you: What makes a text professional? At first glance, what do people notice in the text that will then prompt them to read it? What colors can ...
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How do you force right-aligned paragraph text to respect trailing whitespace in illustrator?

If you make a text box / paragraph in Illustrator, then right align the paragraph, as you type, everything moves to the left since it's right aligned - just as you'd expect. However, if you start ...
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Set first letter of paragraph to different color in InDesign

In my document I want to color the first letter in my paragraph (among other things). I already found out how to set the first letter as initial, but now I also want to change its color based on the ...
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InDesign: Adding space before the first paragraph

I'm creating styles for my book (to print) in InDesign. I'd like my "chapter title" to be somewhere lower on the page, not on the top, but can't do it. How do I set the paragraph style, in this case ...
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How to change space between text paragraphs in InDesign?

I have a document in which the spaces between paragraphs are something like 150%. How could I change that for an entire selection to be 100%?
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Creating tabs/spaces in-line between Character & Paragraph Styles?

so I'm typesetting a play for an assignment and cannot for the life of me figure out how I can get a tab space between the character's name and their following dialogue whilst maintaining Character/...
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Universal style sheets in InDesign

Does the functionality exist to have a persistent set of character and paragraph styles that's available on an application level as opposed to document level? I know that styles can be imported from ...
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Hide blank lines when on top of column

I've have a text, that might change, with many short paragraphs. They are flowing through five columns on every page. Most of them have a blank line between the paragraphs – but not all have – and ...
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Indesign script to apply paragraph style to alternating paragraphs

I have an Indesign document with the following structure: paragraph 1 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah paragraph 2 blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah paragraph 3 blah blah ...
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InDesign: fix wrapping for vertically centered text

See the following screenshot of my current document: As you can see, there's a graphic frame in the top right that has text wrap enabled. The text in the text box follows that nicely (as you can see ...
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Can InDesign paragraph styles be exported out as XML or CSS for review?

I've been spending more time in InDesign's paragraph styles I've found where a document can be created with set styles and used as a template but Im trying to figure out how I can review that InDesign ...
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Should I split different paragraph styles in different Text boxes? - InDesign

When I'm creating a document, I always split each section and each paragraph style in an individual text box. Mainly so I'm able to edit each item individually. However, my question: Is it ...
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InDesign TOC character styles grabbed from body text

This has been asked before, but I've seen no answers: how do I give my inDesign TOC different character styles than those they have in the text of the document? I have created a TOC from designated ...
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Multiple Paragraph Styles Within One Line

I am creating a document to log updates that have been done to a piece of software. It's a regular table with columns for version and an abbreviated changelog. For this changelog column, I am using ...
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Is there a way for paragraph shading to recognize text wrap?

I know how to manually change paragraph shading offset so it doesn't overlap with another text box that has text wrap turned on, but I want to know if there is a feature that will turn that on ...
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How can I reduce type size in each line of a paragraph - Indesign or Illustrator?

I would like to design a paragraph (full of text) where the font size for EACH new sentence changes in font size and gradually get smaller and smaller with each new sentence. It would probably look ...
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Possible to not have InDesign CC automatically generate class names based on 'Style Name'?

In the Export Tagging settings in InDesign CC, there is an option to use a custom tag as well as a custom class name. However, if the class is left blank then the Style Name is used in its place. Is ...
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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: Even fontsize for pagenumbers in Table of Contents

I am currently trying to make a table of contents in InDesign that houses two levels of headings. To make the hierarchy more clear I have changed the fontsize of the level 2 headings. My problem is, ...
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InDesign: Keep paragraph (with forced line break) together across pages

I'm using a forced line break (a.k.a. soft return) in my chapter titles. I'm grabbing those paragraph styles to generate a table of contents. But now the text for those chapter titles can get broken ...
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InDesign: Transparent Paragraph Shading?

I'm familiar with two methods for creating "highlighted" text in InDesign - Paragraph Shading and Paragraph Rules. Is there a way to add transparency to either? In the image below, I have some text ...
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Stroke and fill on paragraph style in inDesign?

Soo ... I have an inDesign-document with one big text frame that contains multiple paragraphs with different paragraph styles. In that, I would like to have some paragraphs have a stroke and a ...
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InDesign: Any way to prevent styles from being edited?

I want my document's styles not be editable (paragraph, character and object styles). Can I lock these somehow, or link the styles to another document which is out of reach of employee?
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inDesign GREP styles

I have a few documents that have legal lines for 4 different countries (Japan, China, Macau, and Arabic) The legal line is composed for the most part of english and then the japanese characters, ...
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Drop caps for first paragraph in chapter in InDesign

Is there a way to format paragraph styles so that only the first paragraph in each chapter gets a drop cap? So far I have seen this solved by saving a "first_paragraph" style and a "regular" style to ...
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How to create a style of word that stands on top of a word on Indesign

How to create a style of word that stands on top of a word on Indesign - like this: But in a way that they would be on the same line, not a separate paragraph or table cells. I use it for word-...
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Align text to center of object in InDesign

I want to make this text centered within the white rectangle. I have tried using the Text Frame Options and setting vertical justification to "center', but it's still not quite aligned-- there's too ...
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InDesign: Increase “space before” but only if content is above

I am currently doing a table of contents in InDesign and have run into yet another problem, namely the spacing: My TOC features two levels of headings. To make the top-level heading stick out more, I ...
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InDesign Next Style not applied when pasting text?

I’ve been trying out InDesign’s “Next Style” feature recently in an attempt to automate text styling and would like to find an answer to a question that occurred to me while doing so. I don’t ...
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InDesign: paragraph style changes when I add rows to a table

When I add rows to a table in InDesign, the paragraph style changes and adds "+" to the paragraph style name. My text then changes color (from black to blue) and a yellow highlight is added. I have ...
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Indesign script to replace paragraph style

I am using ID CC 2014 on a Mac and there's a huge file with several hundred pages where I need to delete a certain paragraph style replacing it with another. Say there's a para style called "style-1". ...
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Why is the spacing between titles usually set to equal length?

In text editors, html, etc. the default mode of sub title spacing seems to quite equal. Why is that? To clarify, we have an end paragraph of a subsection and a new subsection with title and opening ...
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Inserting a new column in InDesign changes the paragraph style by adding a + to the name. Why?

When I add a new column to a table in InDesign CS6 and I click into a new created cell it has a + in the style name. When I hover over the style it shows: "Overrides(alt+click to clear): (align: flush ...