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Adobe InDesign CS3

Working with Styles

Styles are an excellent way to format text and paragraphs within your document. Using styles allows you to format with a single click, rather than individually changing each element of your text. This document discusses the application and modification of styles that you have already created. For more information about creating your own styles, please see Creating Styles.

return to topApplying a Style

Applying Paragraph Styles

Applied styles will affect the text from paragraph return to paragraph return. To apply a style to one complete paragraph, place your insertion point within the paragraph. To apply a style to multiple paragraphs at once, select at least one character from each paragraph.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type ToolType Tool icon

  2. If the Paragraph Styles palette is not already displayed, from the Type menu, select Paragraph Styles
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Paragraph Styles when the Paragraph Styles palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click PARAGRAPH STYLESParagraph Styles icon
    The Paragraph Styles palette appears.
    Paragraph Styles palette

  3. To apply a style to a single paragraph, place the insertion point in the desired paragraph
    To apply a style to multiple paragraphs at once, select at least one character from each paragraph in which you want the style applied

  4. In the Paragraph Styles palette, click the desired style name
    NOTE: If you have not yet created any Paragraph Styles, [Basic Paragraph] will be your only option

Applying Character Styles

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type ToolType Tool icon

  2. If the Character Styles palette is not already displayed, from the Type menu, select Character Styles
    NOTE: A check mark appears next to Character Styles when the Character Styles palette is displayed.
    OR
    On the Dock, click CHARACTER STYLESCharacter Styles icon
    The Character Styles palette appears.
    Character Styles palette

  3. Select the character(s) to which you want the styles applied

  4. In the Character Styles palette, click the desired style name
    NOTE: If you have not yet created any Character Styles, [None] will be your only option

return to topEditing a Style

You may decide later that the specifications originally set for a style are not what you want. You can edit the style so that the change you make occurs for every instance of that style in your document.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type ToolType Tool icon

  2. Deselect any text or paragraphs before editing styles

  3. In the Character Styles or Paragraph Styles palette, select the style to be changed

  4. Click MENUMenu icon» select Style Options...
    The Character Style Options or the Paragraph Style Options dialog box appears.

  5. Make the desired changes
    For more information on options, refer to Creating a Character Style or Creating a Paragraph Style.

  6. When finished, click OK

return to topDeleting a Style

If you no longer want a style, it can easily be deleted. The text that is based on that style will be replaced with the style of your choice.

  1. From the Toolbox, select the Type ToolType Tool icon

  2. In the Character Styles or Paragraph Styles palette, select the style to be deleted

  3. In the lower-right corner of the palette, click DELETE SELECTED STYLE/GROUPSDelete selected style/groups
    The Delete Character/Paragraph Style dialog box appears.
    Delete Paragraph Style dialog box

  4. From the Replace With pull-down list, select the style you would like to replace text that currently uses the style being deleted

  5. To delete the style, click OK
    To keep the style, click CANCEL

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