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Lesson 4. Importing and Editing Text > Exploring on your own

Exploring on your own

Follow these steps to learn more about layout adjustment and styles.

When you changed the number of columns in this lesson, the size of the text frames remained unchanged. However, if you need to change your document setup after you’ve begun laying out your document, you can turn on the Layout Adjustment option, which can save you time in reformatting your document. Try this:

1.
Go to page 4 and choose Layout > Layout Adjustment. Select Enable Layout Adjustment and click OK. Now change the number of columns to 3 using Layout > Margins and Columns.

Notice that the photograph is resized and the two text frames shrink to fit the first two columns.

2.
Resize the text frames and graphics frame to clean up the page. Add threaded text frames as necessary to finish the redesign.

Before column change (left), after column change with Layout Adjustment turned on (middle), and finished redesign (right).

In this lesson, we covered only the basics of creating and applying styles. If you do a significant amount of writing in InDesign, you’ll want to learn how Next Style works and how to apply styles using shortcut keystrokes.

Note

In Windows, Num Lock must be on for the following shortcut keystrokes to work.

3.
With no text selected, double-click the Head 2 style in the Paragraph Styles palette. Click an insertion point in the Shortcut text box. Using numbers from only the numeric keypad, press Ctrl+Alt+2 (Windows) or Command+Option+2 (Mac OS). For Next Style, select Body Copy. Click OK to close the dialog box. Now practice applying the Head 2 style using your keyboard shortcut. Notice that when you press Enter or Return at the end of a Head 2 paragraph, the next paragraph automatically has the Body Copy style.

Note

If text does not appear in the Shortcut text box, make sure that you use the numbers from the numeric keypad. In Windows, make sure that Num Lock is on. If you are using a laptop computer that does not include a numeric keypad, choose the style names from the Paragraph Styles menu.


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