File > Place.... and navigate to the Word file. Show Import Options to allow you to preserve the Word Formatting, or dump it, or map styles to ne styles in your ID document.
If you have a text frame on your master page, put the loaded cursor over the frame area on your document page and watch for the cursor to change so it is surrounded by parentheses, then hold the Shift key and click. If you don't have a master frame (and most experienced users will tell you that more than 90% of the time a master text frame is more hindrence than help if you set your margins correctly), hold the Shift key and click where you want the top of the first column to start.
In both cases, ID will add pages as required to place the entire document and thread the text through all the frames. If using master frames, they will be linked and overrridden onto the document page automatically, if not, your first frame will start where you click and extend down to the bottom margin and succeeding frames will fill the column guides (hence mention of setting your margins correctly).
ID is a professional program and you really need to spend some time learning how it works. One good place to start is the Help files. Another is Sandee Cohen's Visual QuickStart Guide to InDesign. If you prefer video training, Lynda.com has good content.
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Yeh you can copy and paste all the stuff in. Or use File>Place as already mentioned.
One thing InDesign won't do is format the text for you. That's entirely up to you and how you handle it.
Peter mentions Sandee's book, and I echo his sentiments.
InDesign is not really a program you can pick up and learn on the fly if you have no other experience in other apps similar to it.
This seems like a really simple project. And if you use the right methods you could style this book in no time at all.
If you need any help at all in automating your processes just ask. InDesign can be powerful and using it the right way can take a lot of the manual tasks out of the equation.
Thank you both for taking the time to respond. It is very much appreciated.
Peter - Thanks for taking the time to offer such an informative and detailed response - just what I was hoping for! I will have a look at the sources that you suggest.
Eugene - I do have some experience using other Adobe software, mainly Photoshop, so, hopefully, I wont struggle too much getting to grips with Adobe InDesign. I have wanted to get a basic understanding of the programme for a while so I have downloaded the trial version and taken on a little project for a friend so that I can have a good stab at it. The project is really simple, and like you say it will remain simple so long as I research the right methods.
I can now get cracking.
Well if you have any issues or want to know if something can be automated, let us know.
Just so you know, I wouldn't consider an sort of book simple.
Simple is a business card or one-page folded brochure.
Along these lines, Is it possible to import A4 files along with their whole Word configuration to indesign, without having to re-edit the whole thing?
You've started a new thread for this question which is fine, but let's keep the discussion over there since Bob anbd I have asked for clarification.