- Create a small frame with a dummy text and apply the Paragraph Style you want to change.
- Double click on the eyedropper tool
- Select all text formatting attributes but no paragraph or character style
- Select the dummy text with the text tool
- Use now the Eyedropper Tool and select with it the original text
- The dummy text has changed its appearance, the Paragraph Style's name should have a "+" added. In the Paragraph Style Panel select from the panel's menu "Redefine Style".
- Now you can delete the dummy text frame.
I've just migrated over from QuarkXPress, and had a wonderful plugin called ...<drumroll> ... "Redefine Stylesheet"
You could just place your cursor in a paragraph, select the name of the style from the RS palette, and click.
The selected stylesheet would adopt the ¶ traits of wherever the cursor was.
Didn't realize how good I had it til now, without it...
Willi has shown one way of doing this.
Perhaps a simpler method is: Place your cursor in the unstyled text. Alt-click to create a new paragraph style in the Paragraph Styles panel. Now just delete the old paragraph style, and when ID asks you what to replace it with, choose the new one. Once you've deleted the old one, you can rename the new one with the same name.
Thanks for your idea, I've actually been doing that...
but the problem isn't doing it once or twice... its doing it 20, 30 times... a day
I honestly wouldn't have known how important this maneuver was if that Quark XTension hadn't made it so damn quick/easy.
It really made maintaining accurate stylesheets plausible.
Redefining is nice, but
being able to "map" an existing stylesheet
to an existing block of formatted text which has a different stylesheet applied
is really powerful
It might be the kind of thing that seeing in action proves itself.