You have to adjust the angle of the tip. The more acute it is, the longer the tail.
You don't have the same problem in the first balloon because the angle formed by the two lines connecting at the tip is much more obtuse.
To understand a bit better how miter works, check this thread on the Adobe forum:
The miter limit controls when the program switches ...
As the character style is "empty" as you say, you could just replace it with [None] without any consequence, but I guess you ask this for the principle of it.
Here is a complete list of what I would check. I also include things you have already mentioned for the sake of completeness.
Search the document for any occurrences of the character style:
Imagine your cover to be spread out, with the spine face up.
On your front page 'spread', draw one big shape that extends to the left of the front cover far enough to cover the imaginary back cover as well, including bleed. Fill this shape with your desired gradient.
Copy this object.
On your back cover 'spread', choose Edit > Paste in Place (Ctrl/Cmd+Alt+...
This is an issue with Windows, not Adobe. Windows never activates a window when you hover it. Luckily there's an easy fix:
Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center > Make the mouse easier to use
Select Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse
Mind you this activates this behaviour for all windows.
Without having access to your computer, my best guess is that the font is slowing down your applications because it is a grungy font which contains many more vector points than ordinary fonts.
One of the advantages of vector graphics compared to raster graphics is that they don't take up as much disk space. The downside is that they need to be rendered ...
Normal text flow does not apply to tables, meaning you can't have rows automatically broken across consecutive pages to show partial content. If a cell is too high to fit, it will get pushed to the next page by default.
What you can do however is manually simulate this. Add another row and move some of that content there, so you can get what you need, ...
It's possible to set up your InDesign document so the back and front page are shown as a spread instead of being two separate pages.
When creating the document, set it up with the wanted Number of Pages, enable Facing Pages and set Start Page # to 2.
Now your document only consists of whole spreads:
But the page numbers are wrong which will give you ...
Both Illustrator and InDesign use Data Merge, which takes a list in CSV format including pairs of text/image in a line-by-line comma-separated format, and generates composite files. Your source file will look like this (assumes Windows machine):
An AI or INDD template will ...
There is no need to set a different style on the last bullet point.
Just set up "bullets" style with Space after set to 4mm and Space between set to 1mm, and apply this one style to all bullets.
I know of no good way to find the para before a bullet list, but you can use a trick to apply 2 styles at once.
First the set up:
You already ...
The easiest solution is to create another column in your CSV/Excel to include the word "and" if the Spouse field has data.
In your Excel file:
Row | Column A | Column B | Column C
1 | FirstName | Spouse | Conjunction
2 | John | Mary | =IF(ISBLANK(B2),"", " and ")
You may also need to highlight all of column C, copy it and select "Paste ...