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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the [None] Character Style in InDesign


Designers rely on keyboards shortcuts to get their work done faster and more efficiently in InDesign.

Font styles, for example, are much easier to apply from the keyboard than by scrolling through the Paragraph and Character Styles panels.

However there is one (and only one) character style InDesign won’t let you assign a keyboard shortcut to: the [None] style.

We’ll show you a workaround.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fixing Style Collisions in EPUB Outputs from InDesign

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When you export an InDesign document to EPUB, it transforms your paragraph styles into CSS rules, which have a much stricter naming convention.

This issue can get you in hot water if you have similar style names that start with different numeric characters, causing something called style collisions.

Check out the solution my cohost David Blatner and I came up with in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Managing Scripts in InDesign

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I’m a big fan of scripts. In fact, my very first blog post at InDesignSecrets.com, way back in 2006, was about scripts.

They’re timesaving, they’re smart, and they’re usually free. You can find them all over the web nowadays and building a great collection of scripts becomes a pastime of most designers. I collect them like candy!

The trouble comes in managing them. But I can help

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sharing Custom Workspaces in InDesign

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Custom workspaces are one of the best features in InDesign. But how do you share them?

While workspaces aren’t as easy to share as swatches or styles, it’s really not that hard—once you know the secret location where InDesign stores the workspace files.

And you don’t have to dig through your hard drive to find them.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Preview InDesign Files with Bridge


I often find myself looking through my hard drive for a particular InDesign layout, jumping from folder to folder, and getting totally frustrated.

I may not always be able to recognize the file I want from the name, and I might not remember which version I want without reviewing the layout itself.

Well, Bridge is here to the rescue! Bridge lets you preview InDesign files without opening them.

The trick is to set up InDesign to make sure the previews are set up the way you want.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Taming the InDesign Baseline Grid

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The InDesign baseline grid is a nonprinting grid that covers an entire spread. It looks kind of like old-fashioned ruled notepaper and it’s useful for checking alignment, especially when you have multiple columns of text.

However well meaning, though, grids can be distracting for designers and clients alike.  You can toggle the baseline grid on and off with a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Ctrl+ on Windows and Opt+Cmd+ on Mac), but wouldn’t it be nice if it were a little less obtrusive in the first place?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 02, 2015

How to Disable Hyphenation in InDesign

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You may have proprietary names or terms in your layouts that you don’t want to see split across lines, AKA hyphenated.

Luckily, there’s a way to prevent words from hyphenating automatically in InDesign.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Text Span Columns in InDesign

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If you fill in and format text everyday for the same kind of publication—especially multicolumn layouts—you’re going to love this week’s InDesign secret.

In this three-minute video, I’ll show you how to speed up text layouts using the Span Columns feature (added in CS6) for multicolumn layouts where you want headlines and other elements to span columns in InDesign.

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