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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for InDesign Style Sheets from the Exercise Files tab.
In this final exercise of this brief chapter, we are going to complete this document, this Table of Contents document by updating all of the descriptive text to match this word 'upon' right here, which I've gone ahead and updated. And if you want to catch on up with me, I am looking at a document called Single-word override.indd found inside of the 03_update styles folder. I am going to go ahead and double click this word, upon, in order to switch from the black arrow tool to the Type tool and then I am going to double click again to select that word.
I want to show you a couple of things. I am going to bring up the Paragraph Styles palette and I want you to notice that when you hover over this Paragraph symbol with a + sign that has a strike through, it tells you a couple of keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl+click to clear character overrides only or Ctrl+Shift+click to clear paragraph-level overrides only. What that means i if I were to Ctrl+click, or on the Mac Command+click, you are going to go ahead and reset all of the character-level formatting attributes.
That is to say, you are going to reset the Condensed style as well as the Skew value of -8? and the Tracking value right here of 20 and the Horizontal Scale value of 130% but the Paragraph Style, which is the balanced lines, how we balanced the ragged lines? That remains in force. So if I have to click on the Control Palette menu icon, you would see that Balance Ragged Lines is still turned on because that's a paragraph-level formatting attribute. Compare that by the way- I am going to go ahead and undo that modification by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac.
Compare that to Ctrl+Shift+clicking on that icon or Command+Shift+clicking on that icon on the Mac, which by the way leaves- I am going to go ahead and deactivate my text by pressing Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on the Mac. That goes ahead and leaves the character-level formatting overrides intact but it clears the paragraph-level formatting override, which is that Balance Ragged Lines command right there. So where this text selected, Balance Ragged Lines would be turned off. So that's just a couple of little tricks to bear in mind.
What I really want to do of course, I am going to undo that last modification. I want to make sure the word upon is selected as it is or I want to make sure that my blinking insertion marker is located inside of that word and then we'll go over to the Paragraph Styles palette, I see Description with the + sign after it, I'll go to the palette menu and I will choose this command right there, Redefine Style, and that's going to go ahead and update all of the text to match. Now check it out. If I press Ctrl+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on the Mac in order to deselect the text once again and zoom out a little bit, you can see that all of my widows are gone and all of the text is set in Adobe Garamond Pro and in available styles, so that I am not seeing that Pepto-Bismol pink.
In fact, my document is done thanks to my ability to create and apply and update Paragraph Styles here inside of InDesign CS3.
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