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Save as proper file type, like RTF, work with styles and use styles in InDesign.
Never format anything without styles—Paragraph, Character, Object, Table and Cell Styles and Swatches—Manual fomatting has to be avoided.
I just tried this with a story created as a Google doc that has italics in many places.
I downloaded as rtf rather than just copying and pasting from the GD.
The result was the same – no italics transferred.
Copy and Paste is not the correct was to get content from other applications.
Use File > Place …
And did you work with Paragraph and Character Styles? If not, you have to do that.
Hmmm, this is what I shown to do at an Adobe course five years ago!
I do use the styles in INDD.
I tried it again, adding some bold text and bullets. Bold did not come through and bullets doubled.
Will trying placing. I've never done this with text before, only graphics.
Apparently this is something I should have asked much sooner!!
Creating the rtf and filing it somewhere creates a few extra steps but, with that method, I imported all – the italics, bold and bullets.
Thanks so much for your help!
You are welcome. Can you mark my answer? Thanks.
Better, but not cheaper to use workflow InDesign-InCopy
Can you elaborate please?
You should look into the DocsFlow plug-in from EmSoftware. We use it (at my design firm) with clients with great success.
Using the plug-in, you can File > Place shared Google Docs into ID and they're linked. You can map styles, etc. It's a wonderment.
I also use and teach InCopy quite a bit, and it can be used over Dropbox for remote working groups. Lots of advantages to using IC but the Docs users would have to learn new software and pay for a monthly subscription ($4.99/mo for IC CC only).