In your Indesign Preferences, under Clipboard Handling, under When Pasting Text and Table from Other App, what is this set to: All Information or Text Only?
Set to Text Only.
That rules out unnecessary data from Word causing the issue.
What separates the letter B from the start of text: tab, space, etc.?
Doesn't really matter what is at the start of text, happens with tab, space, align text mark, even hard return.
Here is another example, one word is highlighted, no spaces before or after highlighted. Font size is 9/13pt. Paste over that (from Word doc) and font changes to 14/13pt – this latter font size matches the space before "continued".
It's happening because InDesign picks up the formatting of the insertion point at the start of the selection, and that is still formatted according to the previous character.
Best workaround I can think of is to do what you're doing, but instead of selecting the entire word to replace, don't select its first character (e.g. in your first example, only select "ext to be changed" without the capital 'T'). Then paste. Then delete the first character.
Thanks for the workaround suggestion, that's exactly what I do! However sometimes I'm dealing with very long, complex documents and really don't have time to fuss like this (in Canada we have to create everything in two languages, so the need to flow in copy over existing styles is crucial). Also it doesn't happen all of the time, so I'm left to guess.
Should not be this way, that's all I can say. Highly inefficient.
Thanks for your help at any rate, appreciated
When a word is selected in InDesign and has specific character attributes, there should be absolutely no reason why the styles from the insertion point is picked up.
Awesome will try it out, thank you!
And thanks for all of the other responses!
Next time Adobe CC asks me for feedback, they will be hearing from me haha. Been meaning to tackle this issue for a long, long time.
Belgium here, same story but only more languages. Dutch, french, english, german. Don't start me on nordics. I did the printjobs on the european "postscript level 2 introduction tour" in 26 languages. Slides included. So much fun.
Regards for all the collaboration and help on these forums for sharing the knowledge.
Bart Van Put
Might it be something OS or ID version related? Because here on Win7, CS6 it acts different:
I don't think there is a different behavior of InDesign on Mac OSX and Windows in this case.
Quoting Oriana from her first post:
… The new text is of course picked up from outside of InDesign (Word, pdf, Illustrator, etc).
Her preferences for Clipboard Handling is set to Text Only under: "When Pasting Text and Table from Other App".
In your first example you are showing a case where the text is picked up inside of InDesign.
And your clipboard handling is set to "All Information". Otherwise "Paste without Formatting" would be grayed out.