5 Replies Latest reply on May 16, 2017 9:21 AM by rob day

    Resetting part of a style to parent...

    Abambo Adobe Community Professional

      Hi community,

       

      By looking at a document created by someone other, I detected some odd (paragraph) style formatting, that I wanted to reset to the parent's values, without having to look into the parent's settings. Is there a solution to this problem? I see what values have been changed, obviously, this is of a great help, but I do not see the original values.

       

      I tried "delete", but that did not work.

        • 1. Re: Resetting part of a style to parent...
          amaarora Adobe Employee

          Hi,

          There can be two cases here:

          CASE 1: One style based on other and you want to reset it to the parent style

          If you have based paragraph style say P2 on paragraph style P1 (parent) and you want to reset P2 to P1 again all you need to do is click on the "Reset to Base" option in the general tab of Paragraph styles.

          As shown below:

          CASE 2: Style is applied to some text and is then changed (overriden) and you want to set it back or undo its overriden features

          If you have style P1 applied to some text and it has been overriden then you may be seeing a   sign in front of that style in paragraph style dialog box. In that case to remove its overriden features all you need to do is roght click on the style and select "clear overrides" option

           

          -Aman

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          • 2. Re: Resetting part of a style to parent...
            Abambo Adobe Community Professional

            That's OK when I want to reset all to basic. Indeed I did as this and reattributed the different formatting changes, I needed the styles to have. My document was easy. So that was not the problem. I was more thinking about a feature like in character styles, where you can reset an overwrite to the underlying paragraph styling....

            • 3. Re: Resetting part of a style to parent...
              BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

              I was more thinking about a feature like in character styles, where you can reset an overwrite to the underlying paragraph styling....

              Are you asking how to remove overrides from a paragraph style?

               

              It's the same as removing a character style override—select the text, hold the Alt/Opt key and click on the paragraph style name in the Paragraph Styles panel.

              • 4. Re: Resetting part of a style to parent...
                Abambo Adobe Community Professional

                No!

                 

                 

                I was cleaning up a messy file from one of my colleagues to give it a straight paragraph structure. The file has been taken over from early versions and modified and modified again, and nobody took care to clean-up the file to something clean and straight.

                 

                But I need that, as soon as I add a second language layer in a multilanguage document. I create a base for each language and define all styles as dependent directly or indirectly from this style.

                 

                I have a paragraph style A, defining a bunch of paragraph properties. Paragraph style B relies on paragraph A but changes a bunch of properties. Now I want to reset the kerning and or other properties back to what is defined in style A.

                 

                I have 2 possibilities: RESET TO BASE and recreate the (wanted) differences (what btw I did in my case, as the difference was basically only the character colour) or I could manually adapt the parameter to what is defined in the base (like changing the paragraph language from US English to UK English as used in the base).

                 

                The first method supposes that the changes to the child paragraph style are not too important, the second method supposes that you know the parameters as they are defined in the parent style (you know what has been changed, but you do not know the original values). It would be nice to be able to just "delete" (or reset to base for one field only) the overwrite as you can do with character styles for using the paragraph defined parameters.

                 

                Character styles depending on a parent are the same, except that thy tend to be easier to handle.

                 

                The problem is also present for object styles, but as they are not so extensively used, I have fewer "problems" with them.

                 

                I hope this describes the problem better than the short form.

                • 5. Re: Resetting part of a style to parent...
                  rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  I have 2 possibilities: RESET TO BASE and recreate the (wanted) differences (what btw I did in my case, as the difference was basically only the character colour) or I could manually adapt the parameter to what is defined in the base (like changing the paragraph language from US English to UK English as used in the base).

                  Not sure if this will help, but a third possibility is to create a new child based on the parent with the desired changes and then apply that style to the problem paragraphs. Something like this:

                   

                  Here the parent is black justified text, with English UK Language

                  Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.03.50 PM.png

                   

                  The Child is based on Parent with red text and with various overrides (English USA, Centered, etc.)

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.04.02 PM.png

                   

                  I make New Child based on Parent with the color set to cyan and Left Justification—it keeps the English UK. The selected text shows no override:

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.05.18 PM.png

                   

                  With my insertion point at the start of the problem paragraph apply New Child. That resets the paragraph to the desired English UK and cyan color, but leaves the individual overrides within the paragraph:

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.05.36 PM.png

                   

                  I can then delete the old child without a warning because it is no longer used:

                   

                  Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.18.11 PM.png