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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.
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In the previous exercise we created an Object Style based on the left hand list and applied it to the right hand list, but we left some problems at the bottom, the last four entries, the last four sets of lyrics are styled improperly. And that's because we neglected to associate a Paragraph Style with our new Object Style. We are going to resolve that problem in this exercise. I am working in a catch up document incidentally called Two nice lists.indd that's found inside of the 01_Introduction folder. I am going to go a click off of my page, in order to deselect everything.
I could also press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A in the Mac. Just the better way when you are thinking of editing a style, it's best to have nothing selected as I mentioned earlier. Now I am going to go to the Object Style palette, which I have open, and I am going to double click on Violet frame. Notice here this tiny little item over here in the upper left hand list, it's called Paragraph Styles right there. Notice that it's neither here nor there. It doesn't have a checkmark, which means it'd be turned on and it's not turned off either, which is very vague. But basically what it really comes down to is it's turned off.
It has some information associated with it that's why it has a blue block inside of it. But it's not turned on, go ahead click on it to turn it on. Now, it has a checkmark. That's good. Problem is, is it the right Paragraph Style? How would we know? Well, we'll go over to this area, the Style Settings list and I want you to twirl open Paragraph Styles then twirl open this item, Paragraph Style right there, and then notice that the name of the style is Song list. That's good. We want the Song list style to be associated with this object list.
Go ahead and click OK and just like that, bang, it goes ahead in updates all of the text inside the list that could not be better with one last final exception. The big problem is at this point that we have numbers on the left hand list, which is right, but we need to have letters in the right hand list so that we can match the numbers to the letters of course. So that our answers make sense down here and we will apply that final modification in the next and final exercise of this chapter.
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