Creating Character Styles in InDesign CS2

Text styles can have a profound effect on the look and feel of a document. InDesign has some elegant functions designed to help you create, import and export text styles.

Text handling is one of InDesign's strengths. A style is a combination of several different text attributes that affect or alter the text's appearance. Styles can be applied to characters, paragraphs or documents. With InDesign, you can change some or all of the text in a document at one time by redefining or modifying the existing style.

InDesign comes with a default text style. This default is what InDesign uses when you have not applied any other style to the text. You can modify the default style, but you cannot rename it or delete it. You can create new style. You can rename or delete any style you create.

InDesign provides Styles palettes to make working with styles more convenient. You'll find separate palettes for character and paragraph styles. To open the Character Styles palette, you may select the Character Styles tab in the application window, or you may choose Character Styles from the Type menu.