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Using the Story Editor

From: InDesign Typography

Video: Using the Story Editor

Obviously, we can make our text edits in our Layout View, but we can also make text edits in the Story Editor, and when you're working with a long document, the Story Editor may be the more efficient place to make those edits. If I select a story, either with my Selection tool, or my Type tool, and then come to the Edit menu, and choose Edit in Story Editor, I see I have one continuous galley of text. My progress in editing this text is not inhibited by page breaks, column breaks; everything is at the same size.

Using the Story Editor

Obviously, we can make our text edits in our Layout View, but we can also make text edits in the Story Editor, and when you're working with a long document, the Story Editor may be the more efficient place to make those edits. If I select a story, either with my Selection tool, or my Type tool, and then come to the Edit menu, and choose Edit in Story Editor, I see I have one continuous galley of text. My progress in editing this text is not inhibited by page breaks, column breaks; everything is at the same size.

The only formatting I see is bold or italicizing. I don't see any graphics, or any other elements that will distract me from the text. So if it's text you need to edit, then consider the Story Editor. You can also apply your paragraph styles. So you'll see here, it tells me that this is Course name. If I want to apply another style to it, I just click on that style. We see the name of the style appear in this sidebar column, but it doesn't change its appearance.

Only when we're back in the layout do we see the appearance change, beyond the fact, in this case, of turning it to upper and lowercase, as opposed to all uppercase. It is in the Story Editor where we can see overset text, and that's one of the things that makes it very useful. If I come and select this last column of this story -- I can tell it's the last column of the story, because my out port there is empty -- and delete that, then go to the previous column in that text flow, we see I have a red plus, indicating overset text.

Now, if I want to read that overset text, I can come to the Story Editor, and when I scroll down, at the point at which I get the red highlighting, that is my overset text. You can change the way you view the type in the Story Editor. This is a preference. For my aging eyes, I've chosen 14 points and 150% space. This has absolutely no effect on how things print out; this is just for your own ease of editing.

The Story Editor also has an unexpected benefit, and that unexpected benefit is that it is a good place to troubleshoot any spacing problems you might have. And believe me, you will have spacing problems. There are many things that can go wrong, and it's often difficult to figure out what is going on when you're in the Layout View. So as part of the detective process in troubleshooting your problems, the Story Editor is a very useful tool. I'm going to create a problem down here by applying the Keep option to that piece of text.

Now, you saw me do that. Obviously, in this case, we know what the problem is, but often when you're facing a situation like this, you're looking at a text frame, and you have no idea why that extra text is overset. Firstly, you need to get to the text to be able to fix it, but no matter how much I extend the length of this text frame, that text is not going to come back. But we can access the text in the Story Editor; Command+Y or Control+Y, and if I scroll down, that's the point at which it becomes overset.

And now my troubleshooting instincts kick in, and I figure that it has to be a problem with this paragraph, and of course, that was the problem. Easy to solve, as I just made the problem, but you get my point. It's the Story Editor where we can get under the hood of our car, and we can figure out what the problem with the engine is.

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InDesign Typography

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
    3. Customizing the workspace for type
      2m 18s
  2. 55m 41s
    1. Working with text frames
      8m 26s
    2. Using a primary text frame (CS6 only)
      3m 59s
    3. Understanding text flow methods
      6m 25s
    4. Understanding text threads
      3m 40s
    5. Understanding Smart Text Reflow
      2m 27s
    6. Mocking up pages with placeholder text
      5m 47s
    7. Placing multiple text files
      3m 50s
    8. Using Auto-Size text frames (CS6 only)
      4m 1s
    9. Copying and pasting vs. placing
      2m 25s
    10. Cleaning up text with Find/Change
      5m 46s
    11. Using the Story Editor
      3m 41s
    12. Spanning columns
      5m 14s
  3. 45m 50s
    1. Choosing your type
      6m 46s
    2. Understanding text essentials
      6m 37s
    3. Scaling type
      2m 27s
    4. Using italic and oblique type
      4m 33s
    5. Working with condensed and extended type
      4m 26s
    6. Setting type in all caps
      3m 46s
    7. Setting type in small caps
      4m 21s
    8. Underlining type
      4m 11s
    9. Using superscript and subscript
      4m 35s
    10. Applying baseline shift
      4m 8s
  4. 16m 6s
    1. Understanding type anatomy
      3m 25s
    2. Exploring serif and sans serif
      2m 48s
    3. Comparing points, picas, and ems
      8m 34s
    4. What's in a name?
      1m 19s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Setting leading
      4m 56s
    2. Avoiding auto-leading
      4m 12s
    3. Leading shortcuts and preferences
      4m 7s
    4. Using autoleading with inline graphics
      3m 12s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Defining kerning and tracking
      2m 5s
    2. Understanding kerning methods
      5m 10s
    3. When and how to kern
      5m 53s
    4. When and how to track
      8m 17s
  7. 45m 48s
    1. Working with quotes, primes, and apostrophes
      8m 16s
    2. Using dashes
      5m 24s
    3. Using ellipses
      2m 56s
    4. Working with accents and special characters
      4m 1s
    5. Using space characters
      4m 15s
    6. Working with ligatures
      4m 29s
    7. Setting fractions
      3m 56s
    8. Using lining and proportional numerals
      2m 49s
    9. Using alternates, swashes, and ornaments
      5m 2s
    10. Working with optical sizes
      4m 40s
  8. 57m 20s
    1. Understanding alignment
      3m 47s
    2. Working with left-aligned type
      3m 24s
    3. Working with justified type
      7m 5s
    4. Using Optical Margin Alignment
      3m 39s
    5. Determining column width
      4m 53s
    6. Working with center alignment
      5m 36s
    7. Working with right alignment
      1m 22s
    8. Aligning to or away from the spine
      1m 50s
    9. Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer
      3m 44s
    10. Combining alignments
      9m 20s
    11. Using hanging punctuation
      2m 13s
    12. Working with vertical alignment
      10m 27s
  9. 14m 9s
    1. Using first-line indents
      2m 26s
    2. Using indent alternatives
      2m 3s
    3. Working with left and right indents
      4m 0s
    4. Using last-line indents and outdents
      1m 26s
    5. Using paragraph spacing
      4m 14s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. Setting hyphenation
      6m 14s
    2. Working with line breaks and discretionary hyphens
      4m 48s
    3. Balancing ragged lines
      1m 36s
    4. Using the No Break feature and non-breaking characters
      2m 52s
    5. Using frame, column, and page breaks
      3m 42s
    6. Defining Keep Options
      4m 7s
  11. 37m 53s
    1. Understanding tabs
      8m 58s
    2. Considerations for table text
      3m 55s
    3. Table tips and tricks
      11m 55s
    4. Creating a bulleted list
      6m 50s
    5. Creating a numbered list
      3m 46s
    6. Creating a multi-level numbered list
      2m 29s
  12. 23m 12s
    1. Understanding drop caps
      11m 3s
    2. Navigating tricky drop caps
      5m 14s
    3. Using a nested character style with a drop cap
      3m 59s
    4. Other uses of drop caps
      2m 56s
  13. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding paragraph and character styles
      7m 13s
    2. Creating, applying, and editing styles
      7m 3s
    3. Removing overrides
      4m 58s
    4. Creating and applying character styles
      5m 4s
    5. Creating and applying nested styles
      12m 30s
    6. Using GREP styles (regular expressions)
      4m 8s
    7. Creating and applying sequential styles
      6m 19s
    8. Using paragraph rules creatively
      11m 48s
    9. Mapping Word styles
      6m 12s
    10. Working with anchored objects and object styles
      6m 24s
  14. 25m 30s
    1. Applying a text wrap
      6m 7s
    2. Making items ignore a text wrap
      1m 46s
    3. Using text wraps for flexible layouts
      3m 2s
    4. Working with difficult text wraps
      8m 39s
    5. Inverting text wraps
      2m 7s
    6. Setting text wrap preferences
      3m 49s
  15. 29m 33s
    1. Choosing a page size and setting margins
      6m 33s
    2. Setting up columns
      2m 53s
    3. Dividing a page into rows
      3m 27s
    4. Setting up a baseline grid
      5m 40s
    5. Handling baseline grid problems
      3m 37s
    6. Baseline grid tricks
      7m 23s
  16. 12m 19s
    1. Looking at screen documents
      4m 2s
    2. Setting size, leading, and line length onscreen
      3m 13s
    3. Exploring typefaces designed for the screen
      3m 36s
    4. Accessibility: Contrast and color
      1m 28s
  17. 28s
    1. Goodbye
      28s

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