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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

The main argument I always hear (I work with scientists, and they say it a lot), is that it looks better at first glance*. For a lot of people, the ragged edge looks disorderly and chaotic. On a first ...
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What elements of this design make it look better than mine?

The primary reason the second image is better received is due to consistency. Not in type sizes or faces, but in the white space. As with most designs, greatness lies in the parts you don't see. As ...
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InDesign: how to get first letter bigger in each word of a sentence?

That looks like small caps are being used, so: select the sentence hit the 'Small Caps' button as seen below go to 'Type → Change Case → Title Case'. This will capitalize each word and then you'll ...
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Are "Orphans" and "Widows" ever good?

I can't see how orphans and widows can ever be a "good thing". They should in my opinion always be avoided, but in some cases you can be forced to accept them because the alternative is worse. Why ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I would rule out the uppercase small caps, which, arguably, defeat the purpose of using small caps. I would also rule out lining figures, because those work better with normal case type. I would pick ...
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Find & Change (Ctrl+F) - in Grep mode: space+questionmark to just questionmark in InDesign

Use GREP search query. Search for \s\? Replace by ? Check the target of your query (document, story or selection). This is probably why you couldn't make it work properly. See example below of a ...
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Are "Orphans" and "Widows" ever good?

The general approach is to try to avoid these as much as possible, but this depends on the item being designed: Brochures or flyers or generally simple designs: you can break the grid and extend text ...
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Is there a way to spread a paragraph over all of a text frame's columns in InDesign?

The proper way is to edit the paragraph style for headings and in the Span Columns tab, choose Span All. You also get options to limit the span to 2, 3 or more columns.
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Is it possible to search in Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign to find text based upon its color?

Note: All the locations and screenshots here are for macOS. They’re probably a little different on Windows. Microsoft Word In Word, there are two ways to find white text, one a bit more flexible than ...
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InDesign: grep style to move single i words to next line

Create a character style and set it to "No break". Edit your existing paragraph style, go to the GREP Style tab, choose the character style you created above and type (?<=\s)i\W+ in the "To Text" ...
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Copy formatting in Illustrator

This is what the Graphic Styles panel is for. Drag a formatted object to the Graphic Styles Panel (Window > Graphic Styles) When you want to change a different object to have the same appearance, ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

Justification isn't the only way to make text readable. Line length and leading impact readability a whole lot more than justification. A reasonable paragraph length and indentation can also give you ...
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Footnote style using asterisk should have space or no space between symbol and note?

Yes, I generally use a narrow space like third, quarter or thin space. However, if you have multiple footnotes, or they span across multiple lines, or the numbering/symbols take up more space, you ...
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Should a footnote number be placed after a plural's S?

I can see the dilemma, but I don't think there's a specific rule set in stone about this, anywhere. So you'll need to make your own subjective decision. Personally I would place the footnote reference ...
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Copy formatting in Illustrator

Sure, just use the Eyedropper tool (I). Unlike Photoshop it picks up appearance attributes and doesn't just sample color... It works on live type too... You can even double click the tool to choose ...
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Is it possible to set the underline thickness with Scribus?

If you look closely at the "U" for underline, you would see that there's a drop-down arrow as part of the button. If you click and hold the button, you will have two additional properties: "...
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InDesign: how to construct table of contents with dots between titles and page numbers

Type in the chapter titles line by line Insert a Tab at the end of each line Type in the page numbers after the tabs Hit Ctrl+Alt+I which turns on the hidden characters so you can actually see the ...
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InDesign: Even fontsize for pagenumbers in Table of Contents

In the Toc panel, first click on "more Options". Then, all you have to do is to create and apply a character style to the page numbers. Repeat for every entry.
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Right-align rest of paragraph after tab

This isn't easily achieved as far as I know. I have two possible solutions. One is easy, but doesn't do exactly what you want. The other does exactly what you want, but is only semi-automatic. ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

To me, in some cases fully justified text looks aesthetically better to me. That way, it fits better with adjacent stuff or paragraphs. I've tried to show it using following example:
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What elements of this design make it look better than mine?

Information priority font sizes in your version are too equal. You need a clear distinction in font size between a header and a paragraph. The button stands out anyway because it is boxed in a ...
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Should a footnote number be placed after a plural's S?

I have yet to find a footnote convention that permits footnotes inside a word, which is what you're doing with DVCS1s (assuming you're using a superscript as you should; see my comment under the ...
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InDesign: how to adjust table spacing

You need to study this part of the ID interface, especially the "Cell Height" (which forces your rows to be taller) and "Top/Bottom Cell Insets" (same result, but by increasing ...
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Illustrator: How to quickly reset text styling?

In addition to the panel menu of charecter palette: You can shift click on the normal character/paragraph style in character/paragraph styles palette. This should return you to the default style with ...
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InDesign: hard return to move to the next text frame?

You can use a column break character via the keypad Enter instead of the normal Enter/Return, and this basicly jumps to the next linked frame. Or, assuming each page should work as a single paragraph,...
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InDesign: hard return to move to the next text frame?

With much help from Lucian I have figured out a succinct way of accomplishing what I needed to do: make the paragraph styles I want to use. in the paragraph styles, under the "Keep Options" select "...
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InDesign: Table of Contents with differently coloured numbering

It seems you need to use Nested Styles for the Paragraph Style assigned under TOC. It should use something like this. This will apply a Character Style to Characters from the beginning of the ...
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InDesign: how to make a "phone button" style or inline graphic

http://www.fontspace.com/casady-and-greene/keycapsflf for example is a "keyboard font", I am sure there are others. The key term here apparently is "keyboard font"
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How do you decide the ratio between font-size & line-height?

Many designers will leave applications at their default setting - which is typically 120% of type size (at least for Adobe software). How or when to alter this is highly dependent upon many things: ...
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