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InDesign Style Sheet problems
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Hi - I hope someone can help with my problem here. Although I am not new to InDesign, I'm new to style sheets, but have found them very easy to use. I'm working on a magazine and have all my style sheets set up for headline, body, etc. I've inserted 8 new pages and on the first new inserted one, I imported my .doc and went to apply my styles and none of them apply correctly. In fact, not even close - they all look like my subhead when I apply them. The style does not have a + after it, so it thinks it's totally applied. When I open the style, it says it's 47 pt, etc., but the type is still 14 pt, etc. The styles are fine on the pages I created previously. Can anyone tell me what's going on? Thanks in advance for your help.

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I guess there are character styles which override your paragraph styles.

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Do you have a character style applied? I find that to be a "bug" when I am working with files imported from Word. Don't know why, but it happens.

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With CS2 anyway, I find I sometimes have to use

Apply "style", Clear Overrides

Even though there is no plus (+) following the style name.

Linda Cunningham's picture
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This has been a longstanding problem (i.e. since CS)....

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Well, it's certainly not a bug!
You may choose to replace these style in the import options or you can just delete the ones you don't need once the text is places.

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Why the exclamation, Ralf? I put it in quotes, that was supposed to imply that I was not sure if I'd really call it that.

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Sorry. It was meant as an reply to »This has been a longstanding problem (i.e. since CS).«

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Ehe. Boy, I sound serious don't I? I was just laughing about it. No worries, Ralf.

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Joined: 23 Mar 2004 - 9:40am
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If you hold down shift + option when you click on the paragraph style, it will override and clear any character styles or artifacts from Word.

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Joined: 26 Jul 2006 - 3:55pm
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Sorry. It was meant as an reply to »This has been a longstanding problem (i.e. since CS).«

I didn't say it was a bug either, Ralf. ;-)

But it *has* been an issue, and isn't exactly obvious when it happens to the uninitiated.

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Are you using the "Basic Paragraph Style" as your paragraph style? I've noticed sometimes that customizing the "Basic Paragraph Style" won't format properly in certain situations, so I never use it. It is definitely annoying.

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Right. One should never use any of the »Basic character/paragraph/object styles«, nor should one base a style on one of them. (Unfortunately, the latter this a default behaviour.)

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I've discovered that if I open the .doc document in word and save as a text only (.txt) and import that file my style sheets will now apply properly. Gotta love Microsoft!

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Of course, because this removes the paragraph and character styles.
You could also simply paste the text without styles.