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User Dictionaries

Sandee Cohen takes you on a deep dive into InDesign’s obscure but important User Dictionary features.

If you only work with graphics in InDesign, you will never have any interaction with InDesign’s dictionaries. However, as soon as you add even a single character of text to your layout, InDesign’s dictionaries go to work behind the scenes controlling hyphenation, spelling, and even capitalization.

Dictionaries are absolutely fundamental to the way text behaves in InDesign. So the more you understand how they work, the more benefit you can get from them. In this article I’m going to take you from the most basic features of the dictionaries all the way down to the most sophisticated (and sometimes hidden) dictionary controls.

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Sandee Cohen is a New York City-based instructor and corporate trainer in a wide variety of graphic programs, especially the Adobe products, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. She has been an instructor for New School University, Cooper Union, Pratt, and School of Visual Arts. She is a frequent speaker for various events. She has also been a speaker for Seybold Seminars, Macworld Expo, and PhotoPlus conferences. She is the author of many versions of the Visual Quickstart Guides for InDesign.