In which window do you click "OK" button?
Also when you select the microscopic size text ad check in the paragraph style panel , is it the same paragraph style you have newly created.
My workflow in such situation is to select the text , change the size or whatever ,
Go to the paragraph style panel , and click on the "New paragraph style " button on the bottom right of the panel , which automatically create the new paragraph style with the attribute of the text selected.
I click "OK" in the window where you set style attributes. I see the type size, in this case 98 points and in the document in question that is quite a bit larger than my paragraph type style.
Yes, I am selecting the newly-created style and there is no + sign next to it. In the control bar, the type attributes do not reflect what the style says. The control bar says 10pt! When I re-open the style attributes for the style, it says 98 points.
My workflow sounds pretty much the same as yours: create type the way I want, select New Paragraph Style from the paragraph style panel; the new style is created drawing from the attributes of the selected text...been that way since the early days of Quark..
Even if I delete the text box and start anew, the problem remains. I've trashed the ID prefs, and still the problem persists...
I am still working with the same document, but trying new textboxes within it.
One thing I just noticed is that I have a character style which seems to "insist" on influencing newly-created type, which I don't get at all. Sorta like having a paper stuck to your shoe.
I can't think of a logical reason why, once used, a character style would be invoked for future instance of type. I am not using "Based on" styles...
If character style and paragraph style both are appiled on the text then character style will have the lead , that means it override the paragraph style settings.
That's why I asked is it happen in the new document as well , to know the issue is application specific or document specfic.
You can select the text , go to character style panel , choose "None" and then check , creating the new paragraph style .
If you had a character style selected with no active type selection, that character style became the default for all new type you enter. This is a common error, though mostly with new users. You can remove the default by selecting the [None] character style, but that won't affect already-set type. you'll have to fix that manually.
Other possibilities that come to mind are a nested style you forgot about in your paragraph style definition, and scaled text frames when the preference is set to "adjust scale percentages."