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Adobe InDesign: Basic Nested Lists

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Lists help us get organized and numbered lists indicate the correct order to perform a series of tasks. But what if you have subtasks? Then you need a nested list. Create two paragraph styles: one for the main steps and one for the sub steps. I’ll call […]

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Adobe InDesign: I Can’t Select the Guides

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign I find it difficult to work with somebody else’s files. I don’t know how they were set them up, and I have to figure that out before I can make modifications, or help a student use them effectively. Today’s issue was trying to figure out why I […]

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Adobe InDesign: Customizing Placeholder Text

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign InDesign allows us to generate text very quickly, which is useful when mocking up a layout. Select a frame—or click an insertion point inside of a frame—and choose Type > Fill with Placeholder Text. InDesign fills the frame with faux latin text. Placeholder text follows the rhythm […]

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Adobe InDesign: Allow Document Pages (or Selected Spread) to Shuffle

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign This must rank as the number one most confusing feature in InDesign, because it does the opposite of what most people expect it to do. TL;DR When both commands are enabled, InDesign manages, or shuffles, the pages and spreads for you. When the commands are disabled, you […]

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Adobe InDesign: Reverse heads using paragraph shading

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign For years, the way to set up a reverse head in InDesign was to define a ruling line above or below the heading, make it tall enough to cover the heading and then shift it up or down so that it sits nicely behind the heading. For […]

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Adobe InDesign: Quickly recognizing and removing overrides

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign InDesign has two great, yet often-overlooked features: Style Override Highlighter and Clear Overrides in Selection They can be used in succession to quickly identify and then remove both paragraph and character overrides. When you import text from Word and assign your styles, it may look OK at […]

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Adobe InDesign: I Can’t Select a Frame

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Selecting a frame should be easy: choose the Selection tool (the black arrow), place your cursor over the frame and click. Works great, until it doesn’t. Here are some of the reasons why you may not be able to select a frame: It’s an empty, unassigned frame. […]

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Adobe InDesign: Rebuilding Preferences and Cache Files

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign CC When InDesign suddenly starts behaving erratically, it may be due to corrupt preference or cache files. Closing InDesign, deleting (or renaming) these files and reopening InDesign will force InDesign to recreate a fresh copies. Rebuilding the preference files Using a keyboard shortcut: (Windows) Start InDesign, and […]

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Adobe InDesign: How to Round the Corners of a Table

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign You can’t round the corners of a table with a stroke around it in Adobe InDesign CC, so how can you achieve this look? One answer is to put the table into a graphic frame, and round the corners of the frame. Need a few more details? Here […]

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Adobe InDesign: Add the Last Page Number to the Running Head

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe InDesign CC Today one of my Advanced InDesign students asked how to add the last page number of his document to his running head. Instead of just using 1, 2, 3 for the page numbers, he wanted 1 of 10, 2 of 10, 3 of 10, etc. […]

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