Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Controlling text formatting when cutting and pasting, part of Using Word and InDesign Together.
I know a lot of InDesign users out there get texts from Word into InDesign by…copying or cutting and pasting into InDesign, which is not a best practice.…But, because so many people do it, I'm going to talk about, why it's not a best…practice, and maybe give you a tip or two in case you still want to continue doing so.…The better way to get Word texts into InDesign is by placing or importing the text.…Because you have a lot more control over what happens with the formatting and other…elements in a word document, but we'll be covering that in another video.…
For now, let's just say that we're working with this word document that has a bunch…of formatting applied to it. Now, I'm going to select some text here.…Let's actually select a whole bunch of text, all the way up from the colored…heading to the numbered list. And then I'll copy it, and switch over to InDesign.…And we're going to check that paragraphs style and character style are at the…defaults, yep. And I'll go ahead and paste it.…Now, by the way, you don't have to create a text frame, or paste into a text frame.…
- Understanding the differences between InDesign and Word styles
- Identifying which formatting attributes transfer and which don't
- Controlling text formatting when cutting and pasting
- Placing Word files in InDesign with the Import Options dialog box
- Linking to Word files for automatic updating
- Working with footnotes, hyperlinks, and tracked changes
- Learning best practices for fixing text formatting
- Extracting embedded images and converting Word art
- Converting local formatting to character styles with free scripts
- Round-tripping to InDesign RTF to clear out file corruption
- Syncing Google Docs with InDesign via DocsFlow
- Converting Word docs to InCopy for fast and accurate formatting
Skill Level Intermediate
1. InDesign and Word Formatting Essentials
2. Best Practices for Getting Word Text into InDesign
3. Importing Other Word Elements into InDesign
4. Fixing Common Problems with Imported Word Text
5. Troubleshooting and Repairing Word Files
6. Exploring Alternatives to Word-Only Editorial Design Workflows
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