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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.
Alright, welcome to the last exercise in this entire series in which we will take the final two objects that have not been anchored and we will anchor them, but they're both special case objects and I'll show you why in just a moment. But first, I'd like you to catch-up with me, if you are not already caught up. You might already be working right along with me, but if not I've got this document called 7 down 2 to go.indd, found inside the 07 Object Styles folder. Alright, so let's go ahead and scroll to the bottom of the page here. Notice this S doesn't go with solidus fraction or solidus or any of the solid stuff. In fact notice we've got some overhanging text, as indicated by this little red plus sign (+) right there. I'll go ahead and click on the text with the Black Arrow tool to select the frame and then I'll drag it down, and you can see that there is this item right here spine, 'The central part of the main stroke of an S.' That's what that is. You can see the circle around the spine and everything. So go ahead and click on that S.
We'll go ahead and press Ctrl+X or Command+X on the Mac in order to cut it. I'll double-click in front of the S in spine. And by the way, if you accidentally double-click here or something, just press the Left Arrow key a couple of times to get it over to where it needs to be. So you just want the blinking insertion marker to be in front of the S. Then you press Ctrl+V, Command+V on the Mac in order to paste that S into place. Now switch back to the Black Arrow tool; however you want to do it. Click on the S in order to Select it and then click on Margin Objects in order to apply that style and convert the S into an anchored object. Now it's automatically aligned to spine and it flows with spine as well. So if I say, okay, go away you guys because we don't want you on this page, notice that the anchored object goes away as well, and then if I click in order to load my cursor with some text like so.
Let's go and Zoom Out a little bit. What I need to do is go up to the Pages palette. I need to add a new page. So I'll just click on this little page icon down at the bottom of the Pages palette. By the way, you can get to the Pages palette by pressing the F12 key if you want to. Adds a new page. I just go ahead and click at the top of the new page and notice, of course I don't have a lot of text to work with here, but notice that the anchored object flows with its text. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing. It's just amazing that it is able to do that. This also is really great, check this out. See the X right there? It goes with side bearing. So I'll go ahead and grab the X by clicking on it with the Black Arrow tool.
Ctrl+X or Command+X on the Mac to cut it. Then I'm going to double-click in front of the S in side bearing. Press Ctrl+V, Command+V on the Mac to paste it. Switch back to the Black Arrow tool. Click on the X in order to select it. Now we want to hide the Pages palette and bring up the Object Styles palette. Click on Margin Objects and it goes and converts that X to an anchored object. Now what's so special about that? Well, check it out friends. Side bearing right here is not in alphabetical order. I put it in the wrong spot. How'd I manage to do that? Well, doesn't matter. I am just going to go ahead and select this paragraph, cut it and paste it into the right spot.
So I am going to go ahead and switch to my Type tool and then quadruple-click inside the paragraph to select it. So one, two, three, four in order to select the entire paragraph. Now let's cut it by pressing Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac. I cut the anchored object as well. Is that not the coolest thing ever? Then I am going to go ahead and click in front of side-heads in order to position the cursor in front of the word side there. Because I think side bearing should go in front of side-heads because of the B versus the H and the space versus the hyphen and everything.
Then I'll press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac in order to paste that text into place and I not only paste the text, I also paste the Yen symbol, which contains the information linking the anchored object. So it all goes together, just amazing how well these guys work. So we've seen inside of this chapter. We've not only seen Object Styles and how miraculous they are, the many ways that they can automate the production of pages here inside of InDesign, but we've also seen Anchored Objects, which are a minor miracle in and of themselves.
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