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Five Great New-ish (but little-known) InDesign Panels

In the recent November Portland InDesign User Group Meeting I presented five panels that are relatively new and, in my experience as a teacher, not often used. Most of these have been around since CS5. 1. Tool Hints (Window: Utilities) Gives helpful information for each tool button in your tool panel as you select it. […]

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Packaging InDesign Files (detailed instructions)

Many new InDesign users have discovered “the hard way” that simply e-mailing their InDesign file to someone will not allow that person to properly use their file. Their InDesign file depends on fonts and linked graphics that must be sent along with it in order for it to work properly.Fortunately, InDesign has a built-in Package […]

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InDesign Basic Template Example: 1.5″ Square Adhesive Labels

I recently redesigned a template for 1.5″ adhesive labels. This is a rather common task, but it occurred to me it would be a good teaching opportunity. I’ve included my sample templates for download. Feel free to try them out. Step 1: evaluating the original template I started by downloading the InDesign template from the […]

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Resolving InDesign’s Justification Problems

I was inspired to write this article after seeing yet another (otherwise very professional looking) brochure that must have been printed using InDesign’s default justification settings. Although I mention this issue in my article on Indesign’s problematic defaults, it’s a serious enough issue that I’ve decided to write specifically on the topic. Here is a […]

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Possible Causes of Slow InDesign Performance—And How to Resolve Them

I recently participated in a discussion on the Linked-In InDesign Group concerning slow InDesign performance. I wrote a response there based on my own experiences, and then I learned a few things from other writers as well; one tip in particular I wish to share here. I’m rewriting my post from the group here, and […]

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Using Saved Queries in InDesign’s Find/Change

This topic came up recently in regard to my preferred workflow for importing text from MS Word. Since it’s useful in other applications and important in its own right I’ve decided it needs its own article. InDesign’s Find/Change function is quite powerful. Not only can it find and change strings of text, but also text […]

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Optimal Method for Placing MS Word Text Into InDesign

In my work I often combine MS Word files from dozens of different authors into a single book, and all of these Word files use vastly different styles. While it is possible to import styles from Word to InDesign, I’ve found that in an environment with potentially hundreds of authors there is no hope to […]

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Numeric Keypad for New MacBooks

As promised at the last IDUG, I’m writing a post about the nifty utility to turn on the numeric keypad on new MacBooks so that we can use keyboard shortcuts for styles in InDesign! When I got my new MacBook Pro last year I was really worried about its lack of a numeric keypad. My […]

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Where is the “Save All” option in InDesign?

I’ve often wondered why there is no “Save All” option in the file menu in InDesign. Many InDesigners often have multiple documents open simultaneously. Today as I was indexing a book with 15 chapters I finally decided to do a quick search and found that while InDesign lacks the menu item, it has the keyboard […]

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Create Form Fields in InDesign! (written for CS5)

(UPDATE: As I was going through old posts I found this one. InDesign CS6 finally added the capability of creating form fields in InDesign, rendering this post obsolete. So if you stumble across this post looking for a way to create form fields in InDesign, the best answer, now, is to upgrade to at least […]

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