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Secrets of the Quick Apply command

Adobe® helps you get quick results in InDesign...

There's more to the "Quick Apply" feature than quickly applying styles. These tips will save you time and a thousand mouse-clicks:

Quick local formatting remover:
Seeing plus signs on your style names?
That means some attributes applied to the text are overriding the paragraph style attributes.

To clear local formatting, press Opt (Mac) or Alt (Windows) as you apply the style via Quick Apply. Add the Shift key if you also want to clear the character styles in the selection.

Quick Edit Style:
Need to edit a style? Don't reach for the mouse! Select the style in Quick Apply, but press Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) as you press Enter/Return. InDesign opens the Style Options dialog for that style.

Quick Object Style Apply:
The techniques described above about clearing overrides and editing paragraphs style also work for object styles. And here's an additional one:

To clear attributes not enabled by the object style, press Opt (Mac) or Alt (Windows) + Shift as you apply the object style.

A highlighting pen effect for type

Here's how to make a passage of text appear marked by a highlighting pen, a neat way to underscore key points in a document.
1: Select some words to highlight. (A good sample would include uppercase letters and characters with descenders.)
2: From the Character palette menu, choose Underline Options.
3: In the dialog box... check the Underline On setting.
for Weight, type a value slightly greater than the size of the selected type. (For 12 pt type, try 13 pts.) for Offset, type a negative value (say -4 pt if working with 12 pt type). The greater the type size, the greater the offset.
for Color, try the process Yellow.
4: Click OK and see how the effect looks. Fine-tune as needed (the typeface and size you've applied will determine the exact values needed for weight and offset). If the effect is for entire paragraphs, create a paragraph style from the selection. If smaller passages will be highlighted, create a character style from the selection. Happy highlighting!

Collecting footnotes

It's not possible to reformat a footnoted InDesign document to have endnotes instead. Nor can you select more than one footnote a time. But it is easy to grab all the footnotes in an InDesign document - even all footnotes throughout a book - and put them into one story, much like a collection of endnotes.
1: Choose Layout > Table of Contents.
2: Add the paragraph style that you've applied to footnotes in your document into the Include Paragraph Styles list. (Do this by double-clicking its name in the Other Styles list.
3: Choose the No Page Number option from the Page Number pop-up menu. If drawing from the whole book, check Include Book Number.
4: Click OK, and flow the TOC story that InDesign generates. Now you have copies of your footnotes all in one place. Your original footnotes are undisturbed.

From the support staff at Adobe

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