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Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

First set Left Indent to where you'd like the text to start from and then set First Line Indent minus that amount. Even though Illustrator and Photoshop don't have a bullet point/list feature like ...
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How to hide half of a character in InDesign?

You could make your own font. Since it's just symbols, I think I'd use IcoMoon to import stars I've created in Illustrator and saved as SVG. This doesn't really, require a walkthrough, but I figured I'...
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InDesign: Adding space before the first paragraph

Enable the Paragraph Rule: Above for your style. Set its weight to 0 and (you never know) its color to [None]. Check "Keep in Frame"; then, use "Offset" to move the paragraph down. Apart from using ...
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How can I thread text with offset headers?

Set up your text frames with a custom baseline grid that starts offset from the top of the frame. Set the Start to a value big enough to fit your headers: Set the paragraph style for your body text ...
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Vertically centered Guillemet next to a paragraph using only paragraph and/or character styles?

That's not something you can do with regular paragraphs of arbitrary length, but it's easily done using a two-column table. Set up the table so that the text offset top and bottom is exactly half ...
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Adobe InDesign: Avoiding first line indent of the first paragraph (via Paragraph Style)

Create two styles, Indent and No Indent. When you set your copy, do one of two things: Make everything Indent and manually change the first one to No Indent. In the paragraph settings for No Indent,...
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How to change space between text paragraphs in InDesign?

The quick and dirty way is to just select all the text you want to change and adjust the space after from the Paragraph panel. This'll override any existing styles and your text will still update any ...
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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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Indesign script to apply paragraph style to alternating paragraphs

They covered this in my last User's Group meeting. First, you have to set up your paragraph style's Next Style. If you want the paras to go Style A -> B -> A -> B etc, you have to have paragraph A's ...
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InDesign: Adding space before the first paragraph

One solution is to vertically offset the text negatively as much as you need and set a space after enough to compensate. This isn't the cleanest of workarounds—To edit the text you need to select the ...
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Set first letter of paragraph to different color in InDesign

This can be done by setting the first letter as a character style. I call mine drop_cap: After applying the character style you can open the style and go to Character Color to change it: I think ...
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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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Hide blank lines when on top of column

The proper way, in my opinion, to typeset such paragraphs/columns is to use the Space After options for a paragraph style. Creating one paragraph style with the space, and one without the space. Then ...
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Can InDesign paragraph styles be exported out as XML or CSS for review?

Alright here we go: Check the export Tags Panel Then go ahead and Export HTML, then open the idGeneratedStyles.css file in your preferred editor: For the second part of your question one possible ...
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Universal style sheets in InDesign

Yes. Simply set up and configure Paragraph or Character Styles (or table, cell, etc) with no document open. The new styles will then be available in any new document. But they won't be added to any ...
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Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

Insert your cursor after the bullet in the line that wraps and press Cmd/Ctrl + \ (the backslash key), the default keyboard shortcut for "Indent to Here". This will align all subsequent lines of text ...
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Working with InDesign paragraph styles and text indenting with paragraph rules

It seems counter-intuitive, but you are not trying to format the text itself. The formatting needs to be applied to the text box that the pull quote is in, so the solution is to use Object Styles ...
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Set first letter of paragraph to different color in InDesign

I'm going to take a slightly different approach to solving this. While he is definitely not wrong, Darth's method will involve you having to apply your style to each character manually—a process that ...
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Creating tabs/spaces in-line between Character & Paragraph Styles?

Seems to me just a tab stop, which matches a left indent, so you can use either/or. This way, hitting the tab pushes content 10p0 from the left. Or setting a paragraph style moves all the text 10p0 ...
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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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InDesign TOC character styles grabbed from body text

If I understand correctly, you seem to have character styles manually applied in your headers text, right? If that so, TOC does retain the character styles indeed. Like this: Now, my first ...
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How to Get Paragraph Numbering Aligned Away from the Spine?

The easiest way to do this is, I think, by setting up some paragraph and object styles to automate the layout as much as possible, and then use a script to add in the numbers in anchored frames ...
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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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Indesign paragraph style copy attributes from "based on"

If you choose No Style for the Based On field all references to other styles get removed. However all formatting will be retained. Based upon your question, I believe you can set the Based On to No ...
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

Todays Adobe CC Update (2015) brought the solution to this problem. You can now enable paragraph shading to add a background to paragraph styles.
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How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

As of InDesign CC2015 a new feature was released called Paragraph Shading to address this very topic. For basic usage you can click the Shading button on your Paragraph Formatting area: You can also ...
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