Working with Styles in InDesign 1.5
excerpted from Lesson 5: Importing and Editing Text, from Adobe InDesign 1.5 Classroom in a Book 2000 Adobe Systems Incorporated
Each book in the Adobe Press Classroom in a Book series comes with a customized CD of lesson files. Youll find all the files you need to complete the lesson below on the CD that accompanies Adobe InDesign 1.5 Classroom in a Book; the newsletter file is 05_a.indd, located in the Lessons/ID_05 folder.
STYLES MAKE IT EASY TO FORMAT DOCUMENTS that repeat characteristics in several places. Styles can save time when you apply and revise text formatting and can help provide a consistent look to your documents.
But first, before you start the hands-on lessons, a few tips on using styles.
Overriding formatting while applying styles
When you apply a paragraph style using InDesign 1.5, any existing character styles and character formatting that override the paragraph style are preserved. You can use modifier keys to clear either the character formatting overrides or both the character styles and character formatting overrides.
To apply a paragraph style and preserve character styles but remove character format overrides, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you click the name of the style in the Paragraph Styles palette.
To apply a paragraph style and remove both character styles and character format overrides, hold down Alt+Shift (Windows) or Option+Shift (Mac OS) as you click the name of the style in the Paragraph Styles palette.
-- From the Adobe InDesign 1.5 User Guide Supplement, Chapter 2.
Applying a style
To make the appearance of the article consistent with the other articles in the newsletter, you will apply a paragraph style called Body Copy. We created this style for formatting the body text of the main articles in the newsletter.
Click the Paragraph Styles palette (or choose Type > Paragraph Styles) to make the palette visible.
The Paragraph Styles palette includes four styles: Body Copy, Head 1, Head 2, and Normal. The Normal style has a disk icon next to it, indicating that the style was imported from a different application. In this case, Normal is a Microsoft Word style that was imported when you placed the article. Youll now apply the InDesign style, Body Copy, to the text.
Using the type tool (T), click an insertion point anywhere in the main article you placed. Then choose Edit > Select All to select all the body text in the story. Notice that the sidebar text is not selected; this text belongs to a different story.
Once all the text is selected, select Body Copy in the Paragraph Styles palette.
Choose Edit > Deselect All. The article is now formatted in a different font, and each paragraph is now indented.
Before and after style is applied