For the love of heaven, someone please find a solution. I have a deadline that's passing as we speak and I can't typeset a damn thing.
File > Place is usually a better option than Copy/Paste.
An easy way to remove undesirable fonts from an InDesign doc is Type > Find Fonts. Search for Didot and replace with the font you normally use. You can repeat for each style (Bold, Italic, Bold-Italic). You can use Edit Find/Change to remove All Caps and Tracking.
Save before you start, and after you confirm the results.
Find Font is always document-wide:
You can set Find/Change to update the entire document:
Yeah, your "weird things" do seem to constitute malfunction. Have you tried resetting preferences?
Also, if like me, you'd prefer to paste (text) rather than Place, while applying only InDesign-native styles you yourself setup, make sure your clipboard handling is set to paste text only:
You may be seeing the effects of a crossed-up font cache, (for lack of a better characterization).
See this old post: http://indesignsecrets.com/fix-font-problems-correctly.php
Well that's a beginning. Using "Place" gets the same result. All paragraph styles default to the "Didot, 50, all cap" thing, no matter what their actual settings are, and this cannot be overridden.
A search for Didot reveals that this IS the font used in the headers and drop caps. However, those settings are not referenced in the paragraph styles at all.
Ok, wait. This is interesting. For some reason, whenever a new text frame is created, anything placed inside it defaults to the "drop cap" character style rather than normal or none. Looks like this is the source of the issue. The character style is being applied to the entire text by default
Is there a way to prevent this from being the default?
I've been using InDesign for years and I've never seen this before.
When you use File/Place be sure to turn on the Import Options. There are several things in there specific to MS Word that may help with this issue.
Edit the [Basic Paragraph] style and clear everything out.
Yes. Edit > Deselect All. Then click on [None] in the Character Styles panel. (The trick to setting document defaults is to make sure nothing is selected when you pick your favorite settings.)
I was quick with the find/change answer because I often get wacky fonts and settings that travel in with the Word doc. For me, the quickest way to find and eliminate is find font and find/change.
Your diagnosis is correct: the drop cap style is in play.
If it were me...
if you haven't done any editing to speak of, delete the text. Deselect all. Click on [None] in the list I highlighted above or in the Char panel. The place the text again. See if that takes care of it.
If you have done too much work to start over, save the file, select all, click on [None]. Before you save again, make sure you haven't lost local formatting.
nuzzard wrote:...using import options to ensure no formatting is imported. It's appearing in all caps because the Drop Cap character style is applied to the entire text by default.
Right. As Barb's posts have been alluding, it now seems apparent you had the Drop Cap character style inadvertently selected at the time when the Placed or pasted text flowed into the InDesign pages. Place/paste again, but make sure the [None] character style is active when you do.
Alternatively, if Placing again loses you too much ground, you can do a Find Format (in Find/Change) to find all instances of Drop Cap and Replace them with the [None] character style.
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Almost all of the issues I've seen with Paragraph Styles involve a rogue Character Style making its unwanted magic
Thanks for all the help, folks.
I can't believe it was something so simple! It was just a matter of that character style being selected when it wasn't supposed to be.
Glad to help Nuzzard!