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We've already seen how easy it is to edit styles in InDesign; just right-click on the style in the Paragraph or Character Styles panel, and choose Edit from the context menu, but there's an even easier way. Let me show you. I'm going to jump to the previous spread in this document by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up, and I'll zoom in on the bottom part of this page. I see that I'd like to redefine the style for these course names, so I'm going to double-clicking this, and actually just select a word, and change the formatting. Maybe I'll make this Bold Condensed instead, make it a little bit larger, and then change the color.
Once I have it looking the way I want to on the page, I can redefine the style based on that. To do that, I place my cursor inside the text that I have formatted, go to the Paragraph Styles panel, and inside the Paragraph Styles panel, I choose to flyout menu, and then choose Redefine Style. This command takes the formatting from wherever the cursor is right now, and redefines the style based on it. So with one click, I can redefine the paragraph style based on the example I made. I love that redefine style feature.
I use it all the time, whether it's paragraph styles, or character styles. But every now and again, I find that I have some text that has some formatting that I do not want to change, even if the paragraph style definition gets changed. For example, let's say, for whatever reason, I don't want the formatting on this paragraph to change, no matter what. To deal with that, I select the paragraph, go to the Paragraph Styles flyout menu, and choose Break Link to Style. That literally takes that paragraph style off that paragraph. We can even see in the upper left corner of the Paragraph Style panel it says No Styles are applied to this paragraph.
I'll deselect here, so you can see it looks exactly the same, but it doesn't have a style applied to it anymore. So that means if I go and change this style again -- for example, I'll change the color, I'll come in here and change the font style again; that looks pretty good -- and now I redefine the style based on that, that change is propagated through the entire document, but it did not touch that paragraph where I broke the style. While I usually insist that people use styles for everything, the truth is that sometimes you have to break the rules, or in this case, at least break the styles.
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