Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Removing extra returns, tabs, spaces, and other deadwood, part of Using Word and InDesign Together.
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This kind of work in a Word file should look pretty familiar to most of you.…Whether you are a Word user or an InDesign user.…And that is, the Word user is trying to make things look nice in Word and they're…doing so by adding many returns and spaces and tabs to line things up.…See if I turn off the non-printing characters, it looks pretty good.…Look at how nicely these things centered in this column.…But it's only when you reveal the sordid underbelly, you can see the multiple tabs,…and so on. And this problem has been with us as long…as I can remember. And the issue is that people who are not…working in the layout program, don't understand that this makes much more work…for them, to clean up, because I will have created a style that has tab stops for…these three things. But they assume that there's only going to…be one tab in between everything. So I need to go through here and any time…there are two or more tabs, I need to reduce it to one tab.…
Same thing with double spaces after periods, inverting two hyphens to em…
- 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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