Convert Character Styled Text to Paragraph Styled Text

By Anne-Marie Concepcion in InDesignSecrets.com

What to do when you inherit a file from someone who used Character Styles instead of Paragraph Styles (of course, you would never make that mistake yourself, right?).

When I work with clients who are already using InDesign, and they send me one of their actual INDD files, the first thing I do after opening their document is open the Character Styles panel. At least 25% of the time, I find at least one—or to my dismay, many—character styles that should have been paragraph styles. Like this:

This is a made up example but it’s emblematic of the problem. The user created a character style called “Body-no indent” and is applying it by selecting all the body text and clicking on the character style name. Ditto for the green subhead, and other styles. Often, they also create paragraph styles of the same name, and apply both to the text. Just in case, you know?

 

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