10 Essential Tips for Working With Styles in InDesign

Styles are an essential tool for formatting text efficiently and consistently. Here are 10 important tips for getting the most out of text styles in InDesign.


1. Pay Attention to Based On Styles. Every style you create in InDesign is based on another style. So when you change an attribute in a style, that change can be reflected in all the text formatted with styles based on it.

Based On styles


2. Be cautious about editing the definition of the [Basic Paragraph] style. If you make changes to [Basic Paragraph] and then copy and paste text into a document where the defintion of [Basic Paragraph] is different, the formatting of the text may change.

Basic Paragraph 


3. Use Next Style options. When creating a paragraph style, use the Next Style setting to specify which style is applied after the current style when you press Enter or Return.

 Next Style


4. Don’t double-click on styles. You can double-click on styles in the Paragraph or Character Styles panels to edit them, but it’s not a good idea since you might accidentally apply a style to text you have selected. Instead, right-click on a style and choose Edit Style from the contextual menu.

Editing styles


5. Apply a style while you create it. If you want a new style to be applied to selected text, select Apply Style To Selection.

Apply Style to Selection

Posted on: June 18, 2013

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of InDesignSecrets.com, InDesign Magazine, and CreativePro.com. He is also the author of several lynda.com video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

1 Comment on 10 Essential Tips for Working With Styles in InDesign

  1. Thanks!
    I already knew most of these tips, but the “8. Redefine Style” was new to me…
    and it’s just GREAT!!! 😀

    (one day I should explore all those menu items… who am I kidding… 😉

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