1. Make sure that not text tool is active
2. Klick with Alt-key to the selcted style which should be the default style.
3. Klick with Alt-key on None in character style
Now you should be able to insert text with no unwanted style attributes.
You will never work without a paragraph style, so set up the paragraph style you want to use and select it when no text tool is active. Working without defined styles is a mess you end up in working with some advertly selected style with a lot of overrides.
Thanks for the response. I will have to check the defaults. I do use paragraph styles but not character styles (they are set to none). For the problem in question, the text is being placed in a text frame from the master that has an applied paragraph style (but none set as character style). And it does take on that style after it is placed, but it overrides the font color and size from the applied paragraph style in the master. So, it appears the import filter itself is doing it or some other weird thing is happening. It may be the default style for the document is imposing some of it styles to override the master's paragraph style. To remove the overrides, I just clear them after placement, but I don't want to have to keep doing that for every text frame that I am placing text into.
I see you get the formatting from an external source. But how can that be with a txt file? If it is not a txt file you should strip out any formatting upon import.
That is correct. It is a plain text (TXT) file, so there shouldn't be any formatting information. I could easily see this problem if I was importing/placing a Word or RTF document file. The import options for plain text doesn't have anything about removing formatting like the one for Word. So, the formatting must be coming from the InDesing document settings somewhere like the defaults that you suggested. Will update once I have tested that possibility. Thanks for the help.