Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Diagnosing and fixing bizarrely formatted text, part of Using Word and InDesign Together.
Now, let's talk about our favorite kind of Word file.…One that has a really bizarre formatting. What we're looking at is a Word file that…I have ofiscated somewhere. This is an actual file from a client from…a few years ago that I saved because it was such a great example of a strange Word file.…So I've just replaced some words and some letters to protect the innocent.…But it looks very innocent. Doesn't it?…As I scroll through it? So, let's go ahead and place this into an…InDesign file. We have a two-column document that has…some Paragraph styles. And Character styles.…
That we'll go ahead and we want to format this with.…So choose File > Place. And locate that file there.…Show Import Options is turned on. I want to preserve the Styles and…Formatting, Import Styles Automatically. There are 0 conflicts.…There's no same-name styles. That's what I want.…And then I Shift+click to to place it and have it flow, adding pages as necessary.…Okay, so it comes in looking fairly decent, I would say.…Now, let's go ahead and apply our styles. So this is the headline.…
- 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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