It will be much easier if the square is a glyph from a font. Both the Wingdings and Zapf Dingbats fonts include a solid square, for example.
Use Find/Change to find a Paragraph Mark, then change to the square glyph. In the change formatting options you can specify a color and some scaling if you need it, or you can include that as part of acharacter style and apply the character style in the change formatting.
If there are tabs rather than paragraph indents starting the lines, look for the paragraph mark followed by tab insted of just the parargraph mark.
Thank you very much for your prompt help! I am rather new to the endless possibilities of typography in Indesign, so it is rather easy to get lost in those corridors.
I tried, but must be doing something wrong:
Use Find/Change to find a Paragraph Mark, then change to the square glyph.
In the change formatting options you can specify a color and some scaling
if you need it, or you can include that as part of acharacter style and
apply the character style in the change formatting.
To me there seems to be a step missing in this explanation. When I
find/change a paragraph mark, I get four possibilities text/grep/etc.
However, I do not get the option of substituting the paragraph symbol with
any glyph. Where am I going wrong?
You can do this on either the Text or GREP tabs. I'm using the Text tab in the screen shots below, and the paragraphs use a first-line indent. I've shown hidden characters for clarity.
First enter End of Paragraph mark in the Find field (you can choose it from the dropdown by clicking the @ symbol bext to the field).
Then I entered the square by copying it from a text frame in the file someplace and pasting into the Change field. Now click the Magnifier next to the teh Change Formatting box to enter that dialog and in the Basic Character Formats section specify the font for the dingbat (in my case ITC Zapf Dinbats). If you don't specify the font, you may not get what you expect. Now move to Character Color and set the fill to blue. Your Dialog should look like this when you've finished:
Hit Change All and yor text should look like this:
I see a problem that didn't occur to me originally -- there is no space around the new bullet. To fix that Undo your change (if you already ran it), then modify the change field by adding a space before and after the Square glyph. I use a quarter space and chose it from the list:
Now when you press Change All there should be some space around your blue squares:
Dear Mr Spier,
Thank you so much for your help, it really helped me get what I want, but also gave me a better understanding of Indesign itself.
Elg i sivil!
If you need to place blue square at the beginning of every paragraph, you can also use Bulleted List. You can set that in Paragraph Style Options if you are using styles or locally from Control Panel for the text you have selected with Type Tool.
Default bullet is just a small circle but you can use basically any character as a bullet. And in Bullets and Numbering Options you can set a Character Style for bullet if you want for instance give it some fill color.
Here´s a links to very good tutorial video about bullets by Anne-Marie Concepcion...
Here´s my sample indd-file for exploring:
Text without bullets
Text with bullets toggled on (and modified a little)
And here´s screenshot of Bullets and Numbering Options window (I made settings directly to the text not to Paragraph Style Options):