Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Stripping out Word styles when importing text, part of Using Word and InDesign Together.
In many cases as an InDesign user, you're going to receive a Word file that has some…styles applied to it, character and paragraph.…And some local formatting applied to it, and maybe it's just one big holy mess.…When you place that into InDesign, you'll have the option to strip out all that…formatting, but keep the local overrides. And that is something that you cannot do…by cutting and pasting. So, another reason to place.…Let me show you how that works. We're looking at a Word document that's…not really a holy mess. It's actually not that bad at all.…
But it does have styles like these headings are heading 1, and this is…heading 2. The paragraph style are all normal, though…they don't look quite normal. We do have, if I zoom in here a little…bit, some overrides. Or direct formatting as they call it in…Microsoft Word is/g. Normal plus bold, I'm looking over up here.…Normal plus italic, Normal plus bold and italic.…And we have a character style too. So, the Maria Ann Vitalia signature is an…actual character style called Signature. The document has other beautiful things…
- 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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