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By David Blatner | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Put a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph With InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.

One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.

Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 6, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Making a Multi-Level Numbered List

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Numbered lists aren’t exactly cutting edge anymore. Called “ordered lists” by web folks, they allow you to add and delete new items and automatically update the numbering as you go. In InDesign, they’re as simple to create as selecting text and clicking the Numbered List button. But what if you need a multi-level list, with steps like 2a or 1.4.1? This episode of InDesign Secrets reviews the basics of creating multi-level numbered lists, starting with a paragraph style. Host David Blatner also shows how to align and indent your lists.

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