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InDesign CS3

Changing Type Specifications

The InDesign Character palette allows you to alter your text's appearance. You can modify the font, type, size, and style of the text.

return to topChanging Type Specifications: Existing Text

  1. Select the desired text

  2. If the Character palette is not already displayed, from the Type menu, select Character
    OR
    From the Dock, click CHARACTERCharacter button
    The Character palette appears.
    Character palette

  3. Using the pull-down lists, modify the desired formatting options

  4. To deselect the text, click outside of the selected text area

return to topChanging Type Specifications: Before You Type

  1. Using the Type Tool, set the insertion point where the text will begin

  2. If the Character palette is not already displayed, from the Type menu, select Character
    OR
    From the Dock, click CHARACTERCharacter button
    The Character palette appears.
    Character palette

  3. Using the pull-down lists, modify the desired character formatting options

  4. Type the text
    NOTES:
    Do not reset the insertion point. If you change the insertion point before you begin typing, text will revert back to previous type settings.
    The new text will have the characteristics that you selected in step 3.

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Formatting Options with the Character Palette

Character palette: Annotated

Character Property
Symbol
Function
Font Font pull-down list Allows you to select the desired font for your text
Type Style Type Style pull-down list Allows you to select the desired type style for your text (regular, italic, bold, bold italic)
Leading Leading icon Allows you to specify the amount of space you would like between the lines of your text
NOTE: For more information, refer to Working with Leading
Tracking Tracking icon Allows you to specify how compressed you would like the entire block of text
NOTE: For more information, refer to Working with Tracking
Horizontal Scale Horizontal Scale icon Adjusts the width of selected text by a percentage of its current size
Skew Skew icon Specifies the amount you would like your text to be skewed (tilted)
Define Language Define Language pull-down list Allows you to select the language you will be using for your text
Type Size Type Size icon Specifies the size for your selected text
Kerning Kerning icon Allows you to specify the space between selected characters in the text
NOTE: For more information, refer to Working with Kerning
Vertical Scale Vertical Scale icon Adjusts the height of selected text by a percentage of its current size
Baseline Shift Baseline Shift icon Allows you to adjust the selected text to set higher or lower than the rest of your text
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