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InDesign's Top 10 Type Tools

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For all its complexity and sophistication, Adobe InDesign CS2 is a remarkably simple and intuitive program to use. That said, unless you're working with it on a regular basis, some of its features may go unnoticed or misunderstood. Some of InDesign's most important typographic tools are buried away in submenus; some have arcane or intimidating-sounding names; others require little user interaction and are easy to overlook. Nigel French discusses his favorite type features in InDesign that you never knew you needed, but soon will not be able to live without.

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6 Balance Ragged Lines

While no magic bullet, when incorporated into a Paragraph Style definition, this feature is useful for preventing unequal line lengths in heading and subheadings. Of course, it doesn’t know how to break for sense, so you still have to manually check your headlines and insert line breaks where necessary to move words down to the next line, but Balance Ragged Lines will definitely reduce your workload.

Figure 06a Figure 06b Figure 06c

Figure 6a, 6b and 6c Balance Ragged Lines is part of the Indents and Spacing options of a paragraph style (A). Turning Balance Ragged Lines on for heading and subheading styles prevents them from being "top heavy" (B). However, in example C, it is clear that it isn’t always enough. Even though Balance Ragged Lines is on, it is necessary to break for sense and insert a line break to move "and" down to the next line.

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