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Part 5: Styles > Character Styles

Chapter 55. Character Styles

When we upgraded to QuarkXPress version 4 we were excited about the addition of character styles, and now can’t imagine working without them. As in XPress, you can use InDesign’s character styles to create, save, and apply a group of style attributes to a few selected words or characters (as opposed to an entire paragraph, which occurs when using paragraph styles). Creating, applying, and editing character styles generally works the same way as paragraph styles do, except for the differences outlined in the next section. Display the Character Styles palette using the command of the same name on the Type menu (or press Shift-F11).

Note that unlike QuarkXPress, InDesign only changes attributes that are specifically identified within a character style when it is applied. Leaving an attribute blank in the Character Styles palette will cause InDesign to not change that attribute of the text when the character style is used (see Figure 55-1). For instance, in XPress a character style always includes font, size, color, baseline shift, and so on; in InDesign, a character style can simply be the color “Red.” In many cases, this allows you to create fewer character styles than you’d need to in XPress. In this example, you only need one style to apply the red color to characters in paragraphs to which any paragraph style is applied.


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