I've several book layouts to build all with manuscipts supplied in MS Word. In the past, I removed all character attributes from the Word doc (italics, line spacing, breaks, etc.) then placed the doc into ID, and rebuilt all the removed attributes from scratch in ID. How can one choose which attributes to keep from the Word document? For example, if it's desirable to retain all indents, italics, and font sizes, but not the leading/line spacing (which skips 1.5 or 2 lines - too much), how is this handled?
Also, if you've not checked the "Import Options" button when selecting a Word file, you should. If you already have defined some styles in the ID doc, then the "Customize Style Import" tool is invaluable.