QuarkXPress lets you customize a lot of things in documents such as character styles, paragraph styles, colors, item styles, output styles, dashes and stripes and the list goes on. So, the question is how do you get, ones you have created in one document into a new document? Well, one way to do it is to simply copy and paste items that have those formats assigned to them. You can just take them from the old document, copy and paste them into the new one. And that works when you are just trying to get one or two styles or one or two lines or dashes or whatever into your new document.
But what if you need to get a lot of those assets from one existing document into another? That's where the Append feature comes in really handy. To append those items from the existing document into this new one, we just go the File menu and choose Append and there you will be presented with a dialog that asks you choose that file that you want to append the new things from. We'll choose the Petstumes Project and click Open. Now, the Append dialog box shows up and the way it works is on the left are all the different categories of things that you can append.
Here are the items in those categories. So, for example, style sheets, we choose Sidebar, and then we can click this arrow to include it in our new document and we are good to go with style sheets. Similarly with colors, we can say gee, I would like to choose all these colors or just some particular ones. You can click and then Shift-click to select multiple ones in a row. You can also Command-click or Ctrl-click on Windows to select items that are non-contiguous like this.
You click the arrow button to include them and then you can go down the list and select all the different kinds of things you might want. You've got H&Js, Hyphenation and Justification, we've got Lists, we have got Dashes & Stripes, if you've created any custom ones. You can even append entire Layouts from one project to another. This is a quick way to do that. You can append hanging character styles that you have created, Color Source Setups, Grid Styles, Hyperlinks, Meta Tags, even Menus and Cascading Menus and Font Families from the interactive and web design layout spaces.
But for now we'll just stick with the style sheets and the colors that we choose, click OK and what we'll see is that now in our existing document that we are working on, over here, look we've got the style sheet that we asked for and we've got the colors that we wanted to add. And that's all there is to it. Appending items from one project to another is really quite simple if you know where to go and how to do it. And it's extremely powerful because you can bring a lot of assets in from one project to another without jumping through hoops of copying and pasting items.
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