Herein, highlights of the InDesign CS3 Help file, pages 151-200, in which Doris gets her oats.
in the dictionary dialog (edit>spelling>dictionary) double click a word in the list to edit its hyphenation. tildes indicate where the word will be hyphenated and which places are preferred.
1~ = the best point
2~~ = 2nd choice
3~~~ = this stinks but it’s better than nothing
1~ before the first word character = don’t hyphenate
if the word has an actual live tilde in it, type a backslash before it
Disclaimer: the dictionary settings “interact” with your hyphenation settings so the word still may not break where you expect. sigh.
you can export/import added and removed words (but not ignored words) to/from a plain text file
recompose all stories when modified = recompose the document whenever you change
to make sure everyone in a work group is using the same hyphenation and spelling dictionaries, have them all link to one on the server, or make sure they all add the same one locally. lock dictionary files by making them read only so no one can change them by accident (or malfeasance).
for users to see changes coming from a shared dictionary, they have to restart ID, or press command+opt+/ to Recompose All Text.
when you’re in footnote text, choose type > go to footnote reference to jump to the reference
if your footnote reference numbers are too close to the main text, add space in the prefix field of footnote options
if you allow split footnotes but want a specific one not to split, use Keep Options to override the split setting. or insert a column break to control where the footnote is split
to delete the whole footnote, select its reference number and press delete
to expand or collapse all footnotes in the story editor, choose view > story editor > expand/collapse all footnotes
with your cursor in a footnote, there’s another choice in the contextual menu: insert special character > markers > footnote number
text wrap has no effect on footnote text
you can edit [Basic Paragraph] but you can’t change the name or delete it, hence the [ ] s.
when you’re defining the character color aspect of a paragraph or character style, you can double click on the fill or stroke box to open the New Color Swatch dialog.
what’s the opposite of a wow? the fact that styles can only have keyboard shortcuts that use cmd/shift/option and the numeric keypad. I know I could use the fn key, but that’s always been just beyond the too much trouble threshold for me.
import styles from Word have a little disk icon next to them in the styles panel until you edit them
to use the power of apply next style, you select the range of text and right/control click on the first style in the Paragraph styles panel and choose Apply… Then Next Style.
to select a style for editing it without applying that style to selected text, right/control click on it in the panel
freeze-dried layout: apply a style to an empty frame. make it the first in a “next style” chain, the export it as a snippet.
why i don’t like “preserve formatting” when you delete a style: if text isn’t styled it should look that way.
in character styles the override sign is displayed only if local formatting conflicts with formatting applied by the style.
hover your cursor over the name of a style with overrides applied to see what they are
to apply a paragraph style and preserve character styles, but remove overrides, option click the style name
to apply a paragraph style and remove both character styles and overrides, option+shift click the name of the style.
or right/control click on the style name for up to 4 choices:
apply clear char style
apply clear overrides
apply clear all
you can even select multiple paras with different styles applied and choose from the panel menu, clear overrides
or click the clear overrides button
command click to just remove character overrides
command+shift click to remove just paragraph overrides
careful what you wish for: with convert bullets and numbering to text, if you do this to a parent style, all the child styles that are based on it will also have their bullets and numbers changed to text.
if you don’t know the exact character that the nested style ends with, enter all the possibilities ?!., etc
you can base an object style on another
an obj style can clear and replace all attributes, or just override the attribs you wish
ignore = doesn’t appear as an override
option click an obj style to clear overrides
para styles can only be applied via object styles in unthreaded text frames
if a group is selected when applying an object style, it is applied to every object in the group
drag the icon that marks the default object type to set styles for new frames
either clear overriddes or clear attributes not defined by style
why you should always right click on a style, cmd+shift+opt+click it or choose from the panel menu: because clicking a style either changes the selected object, or sets the style as a default. chances are you didn’t want either of those things to happen.
quick apply tricks
to apply a style, command, or variable, press enter/return
to apply a style and remove overrides press opt+return
to apply a style and remove overrides and character styles press opt+shift+return
to apply an item without closing the quick apply list press shift return
to close the quick apply list without applying and item press esc or click away
to edit a style press command+enter
use the arrow keys to scroll thru the list
you can copy a style to more than one style group, so you can have more than one style with the same name. they are independent. so what the heck happens with next style, map tags to styles, etc???
to expand/collapse all the subgroups in a style group, cmd click the triangle
vocab test: as of CS3 there are no more inline items, only anchored objects. inline is the default type of anchored object. no sense in calling the fridge an ice box.
create placeholder anchored objects by choosing object > anchored object >insert
creating outlines of type automatically makes each character into an inline anchored object.
if you need to make a bunch of them, assign a kbsc to insert anchored object/go to anchor marker
moving a frame moves its anchored objects unless they are positioned relative to margins or pages.
text wrap vocabulary: the thing that text wraps around is called the “wrap object.”
to set default wrap options for new objects deselect everything then specify wrap settings
if you have a photoshop donut and want text to appear inside the hole, choose Include Inside Edges
use the pen tool or direct selection tool to edit wrap objects. the type become User Modified Path and is grayed out in the panel.
you can make it so master page items have text wrap only when overriden by checking Apply to Master Page Only in the panel pop-up
if you apply text wrap to an anchored object, the wrap only affects text in the story with the anchor and lines that come after the marker. and the paragraph containing the object is set to single-line composer.
inline anchored objects in table cells don’t support text wrap.
skip by leading moves wrapped text to the next available leading increment below a text-wrapped object. the purpose is to keep text in columns lined up
betcha never tried this: you can add anchored objects to type on a path
irony? you can’t put type on a path created from the outlines of type (because they are compound paths)
type > type on a path options spacing positive numbers tighten up the text on curved segments only
“Typography gives visual form to language.” That is a beautiful sentence.
by default, the eyedropper copies all type attributes, to customize it, double click it
with no text selected, the eye dropper can copy attributes from another open InDesign document
if there’s a style name conflict, the differences are kept as local overrides
to copy paragraph attributes only, hold shift as you click with the eyedropper
to make fonts appear in Adobe apps only, put them in library/application support/adobe/fonts
or on a pc, program files/common files/adobe/fonts