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Working with type

A free InDesign tutorial from the worlds best Adobe trainers!

Linking text boxes

You can link text boxes so type flows from one to the other.

  1. Choose your Selection Tool
  2. Click the small white or red cross box in the bottom right of the text box.
    Overset text in InDesign
  3. You can then click and drag a box anywhere else on the page.
    Note: The text will now flow from the first text box to the second.
    Linked text boxes in InDesign CC

Changing Case

This refers to changing your text to upper-case or lower-case.

  1. Select the text you want to change
    Lower Case text
  2. Choose > Type > Change Case > UPPERCASE
    change case to uppercaseUppercase text

Find and change

You can use InDesign’s find and change feature (previously called find and replace) to easily find and replace words (e.g. Colour with Colour). It is even more useful to find and replace layout problems like double spacing and double returns.

  1. Edit > Find / Change:
    InDesign Find/Change
  2. At the top of the Find/Change box, choose ‘Multiple Space to Single Space’ from the Query drop down box.
    Multiple space
  3. Choose the ‘Find’ button from the right of the panel.
  4. Choose the ‘Change’ button.

    Note: Sometimes you can have problems depending on what option you have selected in the ‘Search:’ drop down. Document is a good setting to start with (see screen shot above).

    Note: You can do the same with many options in the Query: drop down. E.g. Multiple Return to Single Return.


Video transcription

InDesign CC tutorial 02: Change your measures from Pica's to Imperial or Metric

My name is Daniel Walter Scott. I am a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop.

The next part of our InDesign tutorial involves changing the default units and increments. Often when you install InDesign for the first time, especially InDesign CC, it may potentially come up with the wrong units of measurement depending on what part of the world you are in.

The Americans use inches, and the British use mms. So we are going to show you how to change these. By default, InDesign CC is using picas as its’ unit of measurement. It’s not a measurement that is very commonly used any more. So to do it, in InDesign, on a Mac, go up to ‘InDesign’, ‘preferences’, go down to ‘units’ and ‘increments. On a PC go to ‘edit’, and right down the bottom on the PC will say the exact same thing. It will say ‘preferences’, go to ‘units’ and ‘increments’. On a Mac though, its under, ‘InDesign’, ‘preferences’, ‘units’ and ‘Increments’. So once you are in here you can go through and change your horizontal from picas or points etc to mms. Click ok and that will change the default from now on.

When you are doing this make sure that you don’t have any document open. If you do have a document open, it will make the change for just that document. If you want to change it permanently, you need to have no document open.


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