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InDesign: Nested Styles

Nested styles really ARE better than sliced bread… and I know because I love my breads ūüôā They really provide an incredibly powerful tool for text formatting. Where in the past you might have been using Character Styles to format part of your text, you can – with the help of Nested Styles – apply selected character styles within a paragraph style.

About the tip

The tip takes you through a step-by-step “how to create a nested style” example. Starting out by generating a paragraph style, applying this style and then creating character styles. The tip finishes off show-casing how the character styles are nested within paragraph styles enabling very powerful formatting controls in InDesign.


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  1. Cari Jansen Cari Jansen
    March 30, 2008    

    trick is to create and apply the paragraph style first.

    If you’ve already formatted your paragraph with some text that is going to be the nested character style, then ensure you place your cursor in a text component that does not contain character style formatting when creating the paragraph style.

    Next create the character styles, and follow this applying the paragraph style (clear overrides) and edit the style (basically assign the character styles as nested styles), if you have the preview option enabled you can check whether things work as appropriate.

  2. Nick Nick
    March 29, 2008    

    great tip… but my nested styles ALWAYS do weird things. I cannot figure it.

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