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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.
As promised, I am going to show you a couple of things that can go wrong with the application of this Anchored Object Style. Check this out. I am going to go ahead and I am still working inside by the way the same Anchored Object Style.indd file that I opened in the previous exercise, found inside of course the 07 Object Styles folder. But I have made a couple of changes. I have gone ahead and setup the Default Margin Object Style and then I pasted the Scotch rule into this anchored frame. Okay, let's say now that I decide that I want this S that's serving as the head for the alphabetical entries here inside this glossary.
I want it to be much, much bigger. So I am going to click on it with my black arrow tool, and then I am going to change the Scale options up here. I am going to make sure by the way that the Link is turned on. So I am constraining the proportions of the S. Then I am going to change that first value to 250% and then hit the Return key or the Enter key here on the PC and that goes ahead and shifts Scotch rule way the heck down, but notice this Scotch rule is not in alignment. It's way off of alignment. I will go ahead and move this guideline down to the top of the Cap Height and this Scotch rule is sitting way up there.
Why? Because it's frame is so enormous and you may recall I had specified where this Margin Object Style is concerned, I specifically asked that the frame not dip below into the margin region. And you can see that if you go up to the Object menu, choose Anchored Object and choose Options, you can see that I say, Keep within Top/Bottom Column Boundaries. Now if I turn that option off, and I have the Preview checkbox turned on. So I will turn this guy off. You can see that then InDesign allows it to drop down.
But were it filled with all kinds of information there, were there are some more graphical stuff going on, down in this region it would look ridiculous. So really I don't want this to be able to dip down, I don't want the frame to go down. So I would leave that checkbox turned on. In fact I will just go ahead and click on the Cancel button. Instead what I want to do is I want to take advantage of our old friend, and I say old friend, because we saw it at a couple of exercises ago, this guy up here, this frame fitting feature right there. Fit frame to content. Go ahead and click on it, up here in the Control palette or you press Ctrl+Alt+C, Command+Option+C on the Mac.
Now it totally takes care of the problem. Check this one out; actually, I am going to sort of undo a series of operations here. I am going to undo the pasting of the object into the frames. So I have gone ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, so many times that I got back to the step before I ended the previous exercise. So this frame is anchored, but it's empty. Now, go grab that S, change its scaling value to 250%, once again press the Enter key here on the PC or the Return key on the Mac.
Then check this out, I will go ahead and click on the frames to select it, and I will go up to the Edit menu and I will choose Paste Into and I am choosing the command this time to as opposed to pressing the keyboard shortcut just so you can see I am really doing it. Paste Into. There is this line that appears right there, but that's it. What in the world is going on? Well, the Paste Into command is trying to put the item in the same place and position it at the same horizontal and vertical position from which it was cut and that's above the frame, so we are not actually seeing the Scotch rule at all.
If I press the W key to switch in the preview mode, you can't see a darn thing. Well, let's go ahead and select that frame. If I go ahead and once again Fit the frame to the content by clicking on this little button up here in the Control palette or pressing Ctrl+Alt+C Command+Option+C on the Mac, totally solves the problem. So just bear that in mind, because it could be a real freak-out. The tendency is to go up to the Edit menu and choose Paste Into and then notice ah, it didn't work, I guess InDesign wasn't quite paying attention to me, right? So I will go up to the Edit menu and do it again, Paste Into and then still not doing it.
So may be you press the keyboard shortcut about five times in row, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, whatever and then pretty soon you have got 15 of these items sitting inside of this text frame and it can be a little bit of a mess to try to untangle that. Well, in fact all you need to do, I will just go ahead and undo the edition of those last several items. All you really needed to do was paste in there once, have faith that InDesign got it right because choosing the same command over and over isn't going to do you any good. Then go ahead and click on this Fit frame to content button in order to solve your problem.
Alright. So far so good. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to create an Anchored Object that's going to lock an object into alignment not with other objects on the page, but rather with the page itself. Stay tuned.
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