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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
So if you are bit of an advanced InDesign user, you probably hopefully know about Nested Styles and Nested Styles are a way to apply Character Styles within a Paragraph Style automatically, based on some condition. So for instance, let's say we want the first five words of this paragraph to be Red, Bold and all caps. Well, we might define that by creating a character style that makes this text Red, Bold and all caps. And then within the Paragraph Style definition you use the Nested Style feature to automatically pick up that character style formatting.
The problem is sometimes you frequently forget that you actually haven't created that character style first. So let me show you what I mean. We are going to go into this paragraph and edit it, and we can do that couple of different ways, but we will go to the Control panel here. It's set to paragraph mode right now, Paragraph Formatting, and there is a little drop-down pop-up menu here for Paragraph Styles and there is a Style Options command for editing this current style. And in the Paragraph Style Options dialog box, we will go to Drop Caps and Nested Styles and we want to create a new Nested Style.
So I'll click that button and it says, "Great, which character style" - right now it says none - "do you want to apply through the first number of words?" And we are going to say the first five words. Okay? And then I go to my character style list and I realize, "Oh! Shoot! I forgot to create that character style." Well, back in may day you would have to cancel, get out of this dialog box, go format the text the way you wanted it to, create the character style, name it and then come back to the Paragraph Style Options for the Paragraph Style.
Kind of disruptive in your workflow. So no worries. If you have forgotten to create the character style, right from the Nested Styles pop-up menu here, where you are supposed to choose your character style, there is a command conveniently located now where you can actually create a new character style on the fly. So we'll go ahead and do this. I am going to call it 'First 5' and we will just go make some choices. So I am going to go ahead and chose Basic Character Formats and we want the Case to be All Caps. We want to Size to be, say 12, just a little bit smaller. And then under Character Color we want it to be - well, instead of red we will make it - we can make it pink. Good.
All right. Click OK and now, I have got my first Character Style named First 5 through the first 5 words, we created it on the fly. If I click the Preview button, I can actually see that I was able to accomplish that task without having to do a cancel and do a round-trip or bypass to actually create the character style outside of the Paragraph Style definition and then have to come back. So it just saves you a bunch of trips through a bunch of other dialogs. Pretty handy.
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