It works the same as setting other defaults in InDesign.
To apply the Paragraph Rules as a default in the current document, deselect everything. Then choose Paragraph Rules from the Control panel menu, and set the defaults the way you like. This would apply it locally to selected paragraphs. If you already have styles created, add the default to the paragraph style.
To apply it as default for new documents, set the default with no documents open.
Thank you for your reply... however when I tried to implement what you've described it didn't work for me, I changed the settings to what I wanted but then they just reset to the original default when I tried to apply a new rule below. Could you give step-by-step instructions for what you mean? I'm relatively new to InDesign so am wondering if there's something I'm missing!
the sollution given by Steve Werner is the only sollution, however, those default settings will not affect previous created documents, they have their own "default settings"
I see. I am working with a previously created document so I guess that's where the problem lies.
Thank you anyway
Read the first part of Steve's post
"To apply the Paragraph Rules as a default in the current document, deselect everything. Then choose Paragraph Rules from the Control panel menu, and set the defaults the way you like."
I did try that but it didn't work for me so that was why I asked for further instructions. I'm new to InDesign so just trying to work out where I'm going wrong.
It's very hard to know where your issue is.
Are you using Paragraph Styles? If you are then the Paragraph Rule might already be set within the Style and changing the default will not change this.
hmm, that really should do the trick, are you sure there are no character styles applied to your text? Or if your text has other paragraph styles applied to it, just changing the default settings will do nothing unless you apply the default paragraph style to your text.
I'm working on a catalogue originally created in Quark, and converted into InDesign using Markzware's Q2ID software. There are many pages of product listings, and some of the listings have rules below, some don't. I'm updating the 'look' of the document so I want to change the weight, tint and indents of the rules where they appear. Just wondered if there's a way to do this quicker than selecting each line individually and typing the new values manually into the dialogue box Type>Paragraph>Paragraph Rules. For example, when I open this dialogue box the default weight is 1pt, I'd like it to be 0.25pt - if I could somehow save the settings I want then I could just apply the rule as I want it by clicking Rule On.
I haven't applied any paragraph styles in InDesign.
Hope that makes sense!
Thanks for your help
make a new paragraph style with the settings you want, give it a shortcut, something like [COMMAND-1], go to the paragraph you like to change and do the shortcut …
Check your Paragraph Styles panel (press F11)
Are there styles listed in there? If you go to a paragraph that has a paragraph rule - is there a Style selected in the Panel?
If there is - right click (cmd click with a Mac one buttoned mouse) and Edit Style
Change the Paragraph Rule
If there isn't - then create a New Paragraph Style - set the Paragraph Rule the way you want it.
Go to General (still in the new style) and set a shortcut (you can only use the number pad)
Then any time you get to the Paragraph Rule you can press the Keyboard Shortcut you setup and it will apply that Paragraph Style.
Thank you - your advice worked for making the rules look how I want them, however when I applied the shortcut to text already in the document it changed the size and font of the text!
I see in the paragraph styles window there are also Basic Character Formats but I don't want to change the fonts and sizes I'm already using, therefore I didn't change anything in that option. So I'm not sure why it changed my text.
If you have any ideas why this might be I'd like to hear them but I also understand if you'd rather give up on this topic and help someone else! I'm about ready to give up myself, haha
All help thus far is much appreciated, thank you.
in your new paragraph style, change the font size and all other settings to the settings your original text is …
You will need a separate paragraph style for each heading level
Heading Level 1
Heading Level 2
Heading Level 3
For Heading Level 1 - create a Paragraph Style and set it the way you want.
For Heading Level 2 - make sure that in General that "Based on: Heading Level 1", this will give it same properties as H1 - but you can change the size of the text and the size paragraph rule to suit.
For HEading Level 3 - make sure that you set it to Based On: Heading Level 1 (this is vital)
And do the same for all Sub Heading levels.
I'd usually assign shortcuts of
CTRL ALT SHIFT 1 - for H1
CTRL ALT SHIFT 2 - for H2
This will ensure consistency across your document.
Say for example you needed to change the colour or tint of all Paragraph Rules
CHANGE H1 ONLY - and this will also be applied to H2 H3 H4 etc. As long as you haven't given different tints/colours to each individual Paragraph Rule in the Styles.
That's great, many thanks.