In this video, you'll find an exploration of the purpose of InDesign's Story Editor.
- [Voiceover] InDesign Story Editor allows you to view and edit your text as a single continuous galley. Especially with long documents, this can be a more efficient way of editing. To get to the Story Editor, select your story either with your type tool or your selection tool, come to the Edit menu and choose Edit in Story Editor, keyboard shortcut Command or Control + Y. In the Story Editor, the text is all one size. There is no formatting except for bold and italics, neither of which are in this current document.
So the fact that there's no formatting, neither do you see any graphics, you're not hampered by any page or column breaks, this makes it easier to concentrate just on the content. Any changes made in the Story Editor are reflected in the layout and vice versa. As well as the hidden characters if you have them turned on you'll also see in the Story Editor a number of markers that are not visible in the layout. Here's a list of those markers.
In the Story Editor the left column lists the paragraph styles applied and you can even use the Story Editor for applying paragraph styles in a very quick and efficient way, and there's also a depth ruler which is these incremented ticks running down the side. The depth ruler gives you the length of your story in column inches or whatever is your unit of measurement. It might be useful if you're working on a newspaper and have to write to a specific length in column inches.
The styles and the depth ruler can both be shown and hidden under the View menu, with Story Editor viewing options. The Story Editor also allows you to view and edit overset text. Let me come and click back into the layout and now move to my next spread by pressing Option or Alt and my page down key, switch to my selection tool, select this text frame and delete it. Note that the text itself has not been deleted, only it's container, and that's gonna cause the text to become overset and we see down in our live preflight area, that we now have one error.
If I go back to the Story Editor, this time I'll use the keyboard shortcut Command or Control + Y. If I scroll down to the end of the story we see indicated with red lining the overset text. You can change the appearance of the type in the Story Editor by coming to your preferences and Story Editor Display. Windows uses your preferences are at the bottom of the Edit menu, and this is only gonna change the appearance in the Story Editor, and it's just so that you can make things more comfortable for you to edit, so whatever appeals to you.
I'm gonna go for lime green text on a black background. And that is only in the Story Editor, has no effect on how the text appears in the layout.
Author and designer Nigel French explains how to set up an "editorial workspace" that puts the tools you need most at close reach. He then moves on to selecting and editing text in InDesign: changing case, adding special characters, formatting lists, and inserting breaks. He also shows how to use the Story Editor, Notes, and the Track Changes feature, and explains how InDesign documents are constructed, so that you can edit them with more confidence.
- Opening and saving InDesign documents
- Creating an editorial workspace
- Using guides and nonprinting visual aids
- Selecting and editing text
- Changing case
- Accessing special characters
- Working with bulleted and numbered lists
- Checking spelling
- Working with Notes and Track Changes
- Understanding the underlying structure of an InDesign file
- Controlling text breaks