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When I opened this document, I received a missing fonts alert. Now this is not something you can ignore because InDesign is going to have to substitute fonts in place of the original fonts that were supposed to be used in the document. If I click Find Font, then I get a little dialog that shows me what fonts are missing: City Bold, Myriad Pro Black SemiExtended. Let's find out where they're used. If I choose City Bold, and I have no idea what City Bold ought to look like. When I choose Find First, you can see that it selects this text. And if you notice there is some pink highlighting throughout the text, and that's InDesign's way of warning me, here's where you're missing a font or you're missing a style within a font, it's not active on your system, and it wants to know what it's supposed to do.
I am going to have to substitute because I can't get a hold of the designer that created this and they didn't send me the fonts that I needed and the jobs go to go to press, so I have to try to come close. So where City Bold is used, I am pretty sure that it's a Sans Serif font and that it ought to be a bold font. So I am going to choose Myriad Pro down here, and just type Myr; put it on the trail and then choose Bold. Notices this check box, Redefine Style When Changing All. If the designer used character styles or if these missing fonts are used in paragraph styles, this option ensures that the style itself is going to be redefined to use my new substitute font.
So now that I found the first instance of a missing font, I am going to click change. That must have been the only instance because now that's disappeared from the list. But see where Myriad Pro Black SemiExtended is used; Find First. I suspect that it's used in all these little instances. Let's find out for sure. Find Next, Find Next, yes. So I suspect that this might be a character style. So again, I want to make sure that Redefine Style is checked. And what can I replace it with? Well, I think I'll try using Semibold. Hit Change. That looks okay, so I am going to choose Change All.
Now this doesn't mean that I've done something wrong. It's just InDesign being very polite, giving me a heads-up: I changed some styles because you said I should do that if I have to change the font. So I can click OK, and now I've resolved all my little missing fonts. I don't have the little yellow triangle anymore and I'm good to go. So I can click Done and now somebody is hanging over my shoulder saying this job has got to go to press and I'm ready to release it. But here's something for you to remember: If you open up a file and you have missing fonts, you are going to have to either contact the original creator of the file and get the correct fonts, and that's the ideal solution, or if you can't get a hold of them, then you are going to have to guess and substitute for your missing fonts.
Remember this when you pass your job on to somebody else or you send it to the printer. Always be sure to use file package and InDesign will gather up all the fonts and all the artwork that's used create the document, and that way the next person that opens up this job won't have that scary missing font message.
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