If you are like a lot of my self-taught intermediate-level InDesign students, you’ve successfully avoided Story Editor. Not on purpose, of course, but if you ever opened it up, I bet you were first startled by the new view of your document, and then greatly relieved when you figured out how to close the window without disrupting your layout. Let’s take a few minutes to figure out why you might to open it, on purpose!
The idea behind Story Editor is to show you a “word processing” view of your text files. Back in PageMaker’s heyday, it was the only way to see the non-printing characters, and that alone made it worth opening. These days, Track Changes may force you to open it up, but personally I use it for other things as well. Here’s how to get started:
March 1, 2011