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Chapter 44. Character Formatting > Selecting Text for Formatting - Pg. 134

134 Chapter 44. Character Formatting In this chapter, we're beginning to consider the kinds of formatting which can be applied to text, and how that is done in InDesign. As in QuarkXPress, you can format text on a character level or a paragraph level. This chapter focuses on character-level formatting, including selecting such things as typeface, font size, type styling attributes, and so on. One big difference between the programs: InDesign treats leading as a character attribute, rather than as a paragraph attribute. Fortunately, we'll tell you about a preference that can change that. Selecting Text for Formatting As with many other functions, InDesign gives you more flexibility than QuarkXPress in how you select text for formatting. Besides the obvious method of using the Type tool to select a range of text in a text frame, you can also: · Use the Selection tool to select one or more unlinked text frames. Formatting applies to all the text in the selected frames. This can be a very quick way of selecting several small text frames --captions, for example--and formatting them all at the same time. · In addition, character attributes can be copied with the Eyedropper tool and applied to other type. You can choose which attributes are copied. We discuss this in Chapter 82. Basic Character Formatting It's worth mentioning that character formatting can be applied locally to selected text or text frames --which is what we're talking about here--or it can be applied using character styles (see Chapter 55). We'll start by considering the text attributes you change the most: typeface, font size, and leading. Typeface QuarkXPress lets you set the typeface with the Measurements palette, the Style menu, and the Character Attributes dialog box. InDesign uses the Character palette (see Figure 44-1) and the Type menu (see Chapter 43). As we mention in the previous chapter, InDesign creates its own hierarchical font menus based on font family, so the order of your fonts in the list may be different than you expect.