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Lesson 4. Importing and Editing Text > Using the story editor

Using the story editor

If you’re more comfortable working with an editing interface that focuses solely on the text being edited, InDesign includes a feature called the Story Editor.

With page 5 of the newsletter in your document window, select the Type tool () and click inside the first column to place a blinking insertion point.

Choose Edit > Edit in Story Editor. The Story Editor window opens, showing raw text with no formatting applied. Any graphics and other non-text elements have been omitted to make editing easier.

In the Story Editor window, select and change the word “therefore” in the second paragraph to “after all.” If necessary, move the Story Editor window aside, so you can see that the corresponding text has also been changed in the document window.

Note that the Story Editor displays line numbers for reference purposes, and that misspelled words are highlighted by dynamic spelling, just as they are in the document window. If the Enable in Story Editor option is selected in the Type Preferences, you can also drag and drop type in the Story Editor, just as you did in the last lesson.

To make viewing and editing type easier, the display characteristics of the Story Editor window can be changed by choosing Edit > Preferences > Story Editor Display (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > Story Editor Display (Mac OS). Try changing the font size to 14 points and the Line Spacing to Doublespace to see if it facilitates editing.

While paragraph styles aren’t displayed in the Story Editor window, they are listed in the column on the left, and can be applied (but not seen) in this window. For more information on applying styles in InDesign, see Lesson 7, “Working with Styles.”

Close Story Editor.

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