I just started learning InDesign CS6 today, and I thought it was going well, to a degree. I was creating my own styles, doing split and spanned columns, etc.
However, what I really wanted to do (at least for now) was to import a Word document (and then obviously clean the debris up). Various websites have advice on doing so, advising to do File | Place, select Show Import Options, select the Word file, then Customize Style Import, and click on Style Mapping... .
Each of those websites, including on Adobe.com, tell me I should then select the best InDesign Style in the right-hand column to match the Word Style in the left-hand column. However, when I click on one of the entries on the right-hand side in the InDesign Style column, there are no InDesign styles to select!
Which brings me to the question in the subject line of this post: Does InDesign come with built-in styles, as suggested by the instructions provided by many for importing Word documents into InDesign?
If so, how do I get them to appear in my Paragraph Styles menu and also in the Word import Style Mappings? My Paragraph Styles menu only has the [Basic Paragraph] entry... no others.
Or do I need to create every style from scratch?
Yes, and so I did. However, it only imported the first page, which was a placeholder in my Word document anyway. I still need to explore why it's not importing the other pages. I'll try importing a small subset of pages, corresponding to what I was manually and tediously importing by cut-and-paste earlier today.
Ah, yes, the magic Shift key did work to add all the content from the Word .docx file to InDesign. Another random keystroke to remember (I thrive on them). Now to totally redo the formatting. Cut-and-paste might actually be easier for general paragraph text, but tables did import from Word with a modicum of respect: they look almost exactly the way they should, and they wouldn't have with the simple cut-and-paste. Thanks!
Note that, if shift solved your problem, then the red + sign indicating overset text on the text frame is something you should explore and learn about. It indicates the text was imported into InDesign, just not visible because the frame containing it was too small.