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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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Oh Man! I had fun in that last exercise. So here is the deal. In this exercise, now that we have fastidiously aligned the numbers inside of our numbered list, we need to similarly fastidiously align the bullets in the bulleted list. Here is what I want to see happen. I am going to ahead and zoom in a little bit. Actually, let's move over; it's going to be a little easier if we move over to the left-hand page. Let's go ahead and scroll upward until we can find those bullets right there. By the way, I am still working inside that Precise guides.indd file that I opened at the outset of the previous exercise.
So some changes have been made. Now, what I am going to do is setup another guide that is exactly aligned where these bullets are intended to, which is to say another 1p6, essentially another quarter inch in and because I am working on the right-hand page, it happens to align properly to the ruler tick marks. I can take advantage of the Shift key as you are dragging a vertical guide or horizontal guide but I have got a vertical guide going. If I am pressing hold the Shift key notice that I am going to move from one tick mark to another.
So I am constraining the location of this vertical guideline to a tick mark. So I still have the Shift key down, I am going to move it in to this location so the guide is perfectly aligned with the text and then I will release my mouse button and then I will release the Shift key. Now, when I created another vertical guide that is centered between these two locations here, and 1p6, by the way, as I was saying before, it's 1 pica 6 points. There are 12 points in a pica, so that's actually 18 points between these two locations.
So I want to move this guy back 9 points. So I am going to go up to the X location here, the X item that is inside of the Control palette. This guideline is still selected as indicated by the fact that it's dark blue. I will subtract, so enter a minus sign and I will say a 9 pts, 9 points or it could just be 9 pt if you want to; you don't have to get that tense right. Then I'll go ahead and press Alt+Enter or Option+Return on the MAC in order to clone the guide as I created a new guide and it's now exactly the right location. Here is the upshot.
I want my bullets to align to this 9 points-in location right there. So I want the bullets to be centered between these two guidelines and so they would be centered right on that new selected guideline. Alright, isn't this fun? Let's go to Step Bullet. Double click on it, go down here, the Bullets and Numbering, go to the Alignment option. So I am working on the Step Bullet item this time by the way. We want it to be aligned center at this time. That's not going to do really much in a way of any positive good, because what InDesign is doing at this point is it's trying to center the bullet set- well, I don't even know what location at this point, some weird location actually between -1p2 which would be about here and this location right there.
So it just would be this arbitrary totally not right location. Let's go ahead and click inside the First Line Indent and I am going to press the up-arrow key until I reduce this value to 0p9, -0p9, which is exactly where the bullets need to be centered. So it's centered on that first line indent right there on that guideline. Click OK to accept your modification and all is well. Ah! Such happiness when we get the numbers and bullets aligned properly inside of InDesign.
Alright, that takes care of this document, it is totally completely done. I am going to press the W key to hide all of those guides, which are really getting on my face now. This is the finished version, as I say, of this document. There is one more thing though that I want to pass along where automatic numbering is concerned; InDesign's ability to automatically number across different stories. This is an incredibly cool feature. It's still a little bit fastidious and it's a little bit odd and but it will save you so much time where figure numbering is concerned and I will show you how that works using a different document in the very next exercise.
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