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Dan Macy
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Copying paragraph styles between documents

Apr 11, 2012 8:08 AM

I have a document that contains some text that I want to copy to another document. The original text is tagged with a paragraph style called Body. If the document that I'm copying into already has a paragraph style called Body defined, then when I copy the text into this document, it applies its Body paragraph style to the text I'm copying into it. Is there a way to copy the text and maintain the text styling from the original document (overriding the paragraph style in the receiving document)?

 

I am using InDesign CS5.

 

Thanks!

 
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    Apr 11, 2012 8:17 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    Edit>Paste without formatting.

     

     

     

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    Apr 11, 2012 8:42 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    To keep the formatting but not the style name, after you choose your text in the first document, choose Break Link to Style in the parpagraph pallet before you copy the text. If that doesn't work, check to see if there is a character style applied, and do the same to it.

     
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    Apr 11, 2012 8:59 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    Do you have manual overrides in the text?

     

     

     

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    Apr 11, 2012 9:10 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    You will achieve your goal by just using basic Edit > Paste but you should try putting it in an empty, new text box. It keeps the appearance and will override your Body style leaving a + next to it. I advise you to create a new style with this though especially if you're later sending it to print.

     

    If it's not doing that, you may have character styles applied.

     
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    Apr 11, 2012 9:22 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    Wait. Which style do you want to keep?

     

     

     

    The style in the document it’s being pasted from or pasted to?

     

     

     

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    Apr 11, 2012 9:26 AM   in reply to Dan Macy

    After you use Break Link to Style, use a regular Paste (not pate without formatting). This will keep the orginal fomatting, and not pull in the style name.

     
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