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Adding multiple nested styles

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Video: Adding multiple nested styles

In most situations, you may not need more than one Nested Style built into a paragraph. But the Nested Styles feature can accommodate multiple Nested Style instructions to automate much more complex formatting tasks. In this example, we've got a slightly more complicated version of our course listings from the previous movie. These incorporate a course number at the beginning followed by an En space, then the Course Name and then some Prerequisites in parentheses, and then it moves on to the description of the course itself.

Adding multiple nested styles

In most situations, you may not need more than one Nested Style built into a paragraph. But the Nested Styles feature can accommodate multiple Nested Style instructions to automate much more complex formatting tasks. In this example, we've got a slightly more complicated version of our course listings from the previous movie. These incorporate a course number at the beginning followed by an En space, then the Course Name and then some Prerequisites in parentheses, and then it moves on to the description of the course itself.

And they all follow that same pattern. These paragraphs and their formatting needs are ideal for Nested Styles. I am going to open up the Paragraph Styles panel and right-click on the highlighted Course Name and choose Edit "Course Description Complex". I will go to Drop Caps and Nested Styles, and I will click New Nested Style to create my first Nested Style instruction. From the Character Style menu here, I'll choose my Course Number Character Style and I want to apply that through 1 En Space.

And you can see that formatting change reflected on the page. I'll click New Nested Style again to add my next Nested Style instruction. This one is going to be for the Course Name, so I will choose my Course Name Character Style, and I don't have an En Space to act as a delimiter to stop this formatting instruction. I need to find something else. What I do have is an opening parenthesis where the Prerequisites information starts. And that's consistent in all of my listings.

So I am going to use that as my delimiter. I will apply Course Name up to, but not, including, 1 opening parenthesis, except I don't see opening parenthesis in this menu. Not to worry. I can just delete words from that field and type in an opening parentheses to create my own delimiter. I will click off here, and you can see my Course Name style applied right up to that opening parenthesis. My third Nested Style is going to handle the formatting of the prerequisites information that's in parenthesis.

So I will choose my Prerequisites Character Style and apply that through 1 closing parenthesis. Click off to see the change on the screen, move this out of the way and there is where my nested Style ends. Once all the Nested Style instructions have been applied, the paragraph reverts back to its normal appearance. And it continues that way through the rest of the paragraph. You don't have to specifically tell it to do so, it just does. I'm done here. So I'll click OK and now I've got my three paragraphs auto formatted with multiple Nested Character Styles.

Whenever you have reliable patterns in a paragraph, you can apply one or more Nested Style instructions and achieve complex formatting that's applied consistently and automatically.

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InDesign Styles in Depth

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      32s
    3. Using the exercise files
      44s
  2. 42m 29s
    1. Paragraph styles vs. characters styles
      2m 22s
    2. Setting up a style-centric workspace
      3m 23s
    3. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      7m 21s
    4. Modifying and redefining paragraph styles
      3m 50s
    5. Creating relationships between paragraph styles
      4m 32s
    6. Creating and applying character styles
      5m 39s
    7. Modifying and redefining character styles
      2m 53s
    8. Creating a default set of common character styles
      5m 14s
    9. Deleting and replacing styles
      4m 34s
    10. Using Quick Apply to apply styles
      2m 41s
  3. 53m 23s
    1. Formatting drop caps with character styles
      4m 19s
    2. Adding a nested style to a paragraph style
      3m 33s
    3. Adding multiple nested styles
      3m 0s
    4. Adding a nested style at the end of a paragraph
      4m 49s
    5. Setting up a repeating nested style
      4m 23s
    6. Using nested line styles
      3m 6s
    7. Using GREP styles to automate text formatting
      9m 13s
    8. Layering multiple character styles
      4m 16s
    9. Establishing a sequence of paragraph styles
      4m 0s
    10. Creating a paragraph formatting loop
      4m 20s
    11. Connecting paragraphs with Keep Options
      3m 15s
    12. Forcing paragraphs to specific locations
      2m 52s
    13. Building spine-based alignment into a style
      2m 17s
  4. 25m 0s
    1. Creating a bulleted list
      5m 17s
    2. Creating a simple numbered list
      7m 7s
    3. Defining a multilevel hierarchical list
      5m 48s
    4. Customizing multilevel list numbering
      3m 47s
    5. Right-aligning list numbers
      3m 1s
  5. 17m 31s
    1. Importing Word files with or without styles
      6m 17s
    2. Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
      5m 20s
    3. Exporting InDesign styles for Word
      5m 54s
  6. 14m 45s
    1. What object styles can and cannot do
      1m 3s
    2. Creating, applying, and modifying object styles
      3m 54s
    3. Limiting the definition of an object style
      4m 58s
    4. Improving anchored object behavior with an object style
      4m 50s
  7. 48m 57s
    1. Understanding the limits of table and cell styles
      1m 42s
    2. Formatting a table manually
      11m 54s
    3. Defining and applying cell styles
      7m 12s
    4. Basing one cell style upon another
      5m 25s
    5. Combining cell styles and table styles
      5m 44s
    6. Layering cell styles onto styled tables
      4m 48s
    7. Basing one table style upon another
      6m 20s
    8. Maintaining links between styled tables and external data
      5m 52s
  8. 39m 36s
    1. Using text styles as Find/Change criteria
      3m 53s
    2. Applying object styles with Find/Change
      4m 0s
    3. Generating paragraph style-based headers with text variables
      7m 16s
    4. Generating character style-based headers with text variables
      6m 6s
    5. Leveraging styles to set up cross-references
      7m 4s
    6. Customizing cross-reference formats
      6m 22s
    7. Styling a cross-reference
      4m 55s
  9. 22m 6s
    1. Setting up a single-document table of contents
      10m 35s
    2. Saving table of contents settings as a TOC style
      4m 11s
    3. Setting up a multilevel, multi-document table of contents
      7m 20s
  10. 18m 56s
    1. Organizing styles with style groups
      3m 17s
    2. Loading styles from other documents
      2m 33s
    3. How InDesign handles style conflicts
      3m 23s
    4. Using the Book panel as a style manager
      4m 45s
    5. Resolving missing font problems in styles
      4m 58s
  11. 15m 52s
    1. Exporting tagging styles for EPUB, HTML, and PDF
      4m 46s
    2. Exporting InDesign styles for CSS and HTML
      4m 49s
    3. Using styles and TOC styles to organize EPUBs
      3m 44s
    4. Understanding how InDesign styles translate to PDF tags
      2m 33s
  12. 48s
    1. What's next?
      48s

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