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This Week's Secret :
Finding hidden panels, controls, or menu items

Introduction :
Welcome to InDesign Secrets

December 2020 :
Adding crop marks on your page
InDesign Easter egg stroke styles
Three essential InDesign scripts you already have
Handy uses for the Show Set feature

November 2020 :
Create linked text using a CC Library
Capturing a character style in a running head
Customize the menus for a streamlined workflow

October 2020 :
Copy and paste object positions with the Eyedropper
Using a section marker as a header
Create a boilerplate text collection in CC Library
Find indexed color images

September 2020 :
Activate and manage Adobe Fonts from a CC Library
Use one frame, not many
Create a portable InDesign document
Create a grid with nCreate a portable InDesign document gaps
Two GREP styles you have to know

August 2020 :
Tips and tricks for the Pages panel
Learn Data Merge in five minutes
Combine two documents to maintain pagination
Apply corner options to corner options

July 2020 :
Rounded endcaps on paragraph rules
How to tell which styles contain a font
Keep links intact when pasting
Find all documents that contain an image

June 2020 :
Pulling out key colors from placed images
Add a time stamp to your layouts
Adding form fields at the bottom of a contract
Working with Google Docs in InDesign

May 2020 :
Adding descriptions to scripts
Threading filled frames
Clearing all overrides from a particular style
Custom page numbering tricks
Use blend modes to highlight text on images

April 2020 :
Where did the application bar widgets go?
Making speech bubbles
Working with ligatures
Quick tips for numbered lists

March 2020 :
Your first GREP style—no codes!
Change page size fast with the Page tool
Sharing InDesign elements between versions
Shadows and special effects on drop caps

February 2020 :
Auto-expand acronyms
Knock a hole in an object
Three ways to abolish runts (short last lines)
Variable fonts

January 2020 :
Browse all Adobe Fonts from inside InDesign
Create object styles for page positioning
Using math in InDesign fields
Freeze the top row of a table

December 2019 :
417 Share layout elements with older versions
419 Tips for managing Adobe fonts in InDesign
Find the special character you need fast

November 2019 :
414 One click to better-looking type
415 Set up tables with footnote numbering
416 Copy colors, styles, or master pages across
418 Right-align numbers in a numbered list

October 2019 :
409 Copy and paste effects
410 Tell InDesign to do your math homework
411 Manage the Edit Keyboard Shortcuts dialog
412 Three InDesign navigation shortcuts you need to know
413 Create a fast-and-easy fake duotone

September 2019 :
405 When to use Balance Ragged Lines feature
406 Fix spacing between items in a list
407 Share parts of a layout with another designer
408 The master page trick

August 2019 :
401 Import PDF comments from old PDFs
402 Draw on text frame above another
403 Import PDF comments from Document Cloud
404 Use InDesign Find and Replace for hyperlinks

July 2019 :
397 Properties panel: Formatting objects
398 Change balanced ragged lines to pyramids
399 Properties panel: Text and styles tips
400 Change the space between objects fast!

June 2019 :
393 Case-sensitive spell checks for custom words
394 Transform points to create amazing shapes
395 Properties panel: Tips for the new user
396 The right way to make a table style

May 2019 :
388 Split a text frame into multiple threaded frames
389 Add notes to CC Library items
390 Use Split Window when choosing text colors
391 Copy layers from one layout to another
392 Swap text and images with a free script

April 2019 :
384 Out-of-gamut warnings when choosing colors
385 Larger previews of CC Library items
386 Snippets: The easiest way to save and share styles
387 Move CC Libraries around with a file

March 2019 :
380 Fill empty table cells with this script
381 Tips for targeting table strokes
382 Free, high-quality maps in vector format
383 Favorite Bridge tips for InDesign users

February 2019 :
376 Make cast shadows
377 Loose and tight body styles
378 Change your measurements and rulers
379 Troubleshoot missing fonts

January 2019 :
371 Determine type specs in a PDF
372 Add or remove columns while editing a story
373 Convert a PDF to an editable INDD
374 Animation: Fly in diagonally
375 Script editing for nonscripters

November 2018 :
364 The mysterious _GoBack bookmark
365 Quick check for TypeKit fonts
366 Paste with and without text formatting
367 The line breaks of Paragraph Composer

December 2018 :
368 PB, DT, and OV in the Links panel
369 Shared CC Libraries tips
370 Run scripts with Quick Apply or shortcuts

October 2018 :
360 Find spacing problems
361 Use the No Break option to format characters
362 Find/Change to add text to many table cells
363 Export all text

August 2018 :
351 Change default fonts
352 Best default RGB
353 Use Adobe Bridge to find fonts
354 Discretionary line breaks
355 Scale pictures inside a layout

September 2018 :
356 Numbering items in a diagram
357 Extract anchored text frames
358 When Paragraph Style has no effect
359 Efficient ways to format paragraph styles

July 2018 :
348 Make a quick grid from objects on your page
349 Utilize the new note feature
350 Exchange or swap two images

May 2018 :
339 Change default keyboard shortcuts
340 Mapping one color swatch to another
341 Find free InDesign templates on Adobe Stock
342 Numbering items in a diagram
343 Border spacing fix

June 2018 :
344 Insert a line before and after a heading
345 View track changes and export with InCopy
346 Export to HTML5
347 How to merge paragraph shading

April 2018 :
335 Edit spacing from the keyboard
336 Create perfect triangles
337 Footnote and endnote keyboard shortcuts
338 Publish Online statistics

February 2018 :
326 Changing word or character spacing in a paragraph style
327 Preflight profile to check for Typekit fonts
328 Naming items in the Layers panel
329 Distinguish among multiple working documents

March 2018 :
330 Add corner brackets around a frame
331 InCopy with InDesign workflow
332 - Add space around lists with spans
333 Tips for formatting text spacing
334 Free script to rotate selected characters

January 2018 :
322 Change character style for text inside parentheses
323 Typekit tips: Workarounds
324 Top 10 keyboard shortcuts to know
325 Link text frames

December 2017 :
319 Use Creative Cloud to share InDesign files
320 Combining Animated GIFs with InDesign Animations
321 Conditional text with editorial notes

November 2017 :
315 Streamline placement of auto-formatted images
316 Pay attention to Transparency Blend Space
317 Color fills with Eye Dropper
318 How to split a long story into smaller pieces

September 2017 :
307 Two ways to ignore text wrap
308 Easily insert glyphs with free script
309 Create better publish online thumbnails
310 View publish online document stats

October 2017 :
311 Make Word act like InDesign
312 Create Cross-Refs with a page range
313 Quick Apply preferences
314 Duplicate objects into a Grid

August 2017 :
302 Automate a numbered list with check boxes
303 Import a style with Find/Change
304 Create a calendar with CalendarWizard
305 Keep options for table rows
306 Automatically crop multiple images

July 2017 :
298 How to embed a YouTube video
299 Shrink your InDesign files
300 Remove blue highlighting from text
301 Embed a two-column text frame

May 2017 :
289 Display overriding styles
290 Work with scripts
291 Overview of working with CC libraries
292 Automatically format run-in headings

June 2017 :
293 Modify the Pages panel view
294 Adjust table strokes in Table Settings
295 Place and replace Artboards with a script
296 Incorporate Photoshop files into InDesign layouts
297 Share CC libraries with other users

April 2017 :
285 Replace formatted text with lorem ipsum
286 How to format ellipses
287 Merge book files with a free Script
288 Create a maze with a free script

March 2017 :
280 Screen redraw problems
281 Share a CC library
282 Make an image break out of its frame
283 Use Quick Apply to Drag and Drop
284 How to correct hyphenation

January 2017 :
272 Reverse text when partially over a dark object
273 Set tab order for forms
274 When white is set to overprint
275 When the Control panel is missing controls

February 2017 :
276 Make a grid of pages from a PDF file
277 Fix fraction problems in EPUBs
278 Adjust space between a group of objects
279 CC Libraries: Share vs. Collaborate overview

December 2016 :
268 Techniques to convert text to outlines
269 Fix Illustrator place problems
270 Work with new Animated Zoom features
271 Add images to an index

November 2016 :
264 Use a script to set the table subhead row style
265 Keep your templates current
266 Export selection or page as a sized JPEG or PNG
267 When all your numbers are superscript

September 2016 :
255 Check resolution in a PDF
256 Character style highlighting
257 Convert a list to a table
258 Move InDesign artwork to Photoshop
259 Include summaries in your table of contents

October 2016 :
260 Batch process images
261 Update swatches by syncing
262 Build and apply kerning tables
263 Sync master pages

August 2016 :
251 Share one layout among many ID users with Layout Zone
252 Clean out old hyperlinks and hyperlink destinations
253 Crop many overlapping pix at once
254 Find the hex number for any color

July 2016 :
247 Use InCopy to create linked boilerplate text for layouts
248 Keyboard shortcuts for special characters
249 Create layout notes in InDesign for InCopy users
250 Keyboard shortcut to insert special glyphs inside a font

June 2016 :
242 When a tab really means new line
243 Export all the fonts in a layout without packaging
244 Format the first line of a paragraph with Line Styles
245 Place all PDF pages at once
246 The problem with blending spot colors

April 2016 :
234 Free script identifies word stacks
235 Easier style mapping from Word to InDesign
236 Auto-reflow images in a grid
237 Making your style names “legal” for EPUBs

May 2016 :
238 See your document in grayscale onscreen
239 Packaging without the instruction file
240 Side-by-side tables
241 Three ways to move styles from one InDesign file to another

March 2016 :
229 Batch converting ID files to current version with the Book panel
230 Getting around InDesign limitations
231 Creating better callout lines with effects and object styles
232 Swapping column and row information in tables
233 Making bigger text link targets

February 2016 :
225 Discovering secrets of the Tabs panel
226 Making object styles to change frame size
227 Tips for using Edit Original
228 Setting text at an angle

December 2015 :
218 Copying and pasting Photoshop paths
219 Customizing frames in Normal View
220 Placing paragraph lines for emphasis

January 2016 :
221 Finding and editing all overset text in a doc
222 Adding paragraph shading
223 Forcing chapter names down from the top with a style
224 Creating custom color swatches

October 2015 :
210 Working with pasteboard options
211 Tips and tricks for paragraph shading
212 Incorporating spring-loaded tool shortcuts
213 Making InDesign run faster
214 Formatting text quickly with Apply Next

November 2015 :
215 Making a print PDF do double-duty as an online PDF
216 Adding continued headers to tables
217 Choosing which layout objects get packaged for the printer

September 2015 :
206 Creating Intertwining Objects
207 Fixing style collisions in EPUB output
208 Navigating through pages with bookmarks
209 Creating a keyboard shortcut for the [None] character style

July 2015 :
197 Permanently disabling hyphenation
198 Adding prefixes to page numbers
199 Taming baseline grid previews
200 Using Work and Turn to create two-sided documents
201 Making better Bridge previews

August 2015 :
202 Formatting drop words in a text document
203 Sharing custom workspaces
204 Creating a
205 Managing scripts

May 2015 :
189 Placing InDesign files
190 Make an image sandwich: Putting an image in front and in back of text for a magazine cover
191 Deciding between reflowable and fixed-layout EPUB
192 Test font choices quickly in CC

June 2015 :
193 Printing tracked changes
194 Using Ink Manager before sending your project to the printer
196 Working with dynamic layouts

April 2015 :
184 Put a box around or behind a paragraph
185 Fixing three common Word formatting glitches
186 Making long shadows
187 Three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating
188 How to type the last page number in a book

February 2015 :
176 Quickly empty out an InDesign document of text and images
177 Add a font from Typekit in CC
178 How to hide the content grabber donut
179 File naming for healthy EPUBs

March 2015 :
180 One-sided custom strokes for image borders
181 The fastest way to find missing links
182 Start a document on a left-hand page
183 Borrowing preset art paths from Illustrator and Photoshop for fresh frame looks in InDesign

January 2015 :
172 Making a character style change only the tint of your text
173 Editing table set up from the keyboard
174 How to sort text in InDesign
175 Making captions easy (ignore text wrap object style library item live caption)

December 2014 :
169 All about All Caps (change case open type option)
170 Batch convert InDesign files to IDML and other formats
171 Fun with placeholder text

November 2014 :
166 Creating blank entry spaces on forms
167 Creative uses of the Slug area
168 Change the UI languaging in InDesign CS6 and CC

October 2014 :
161 Keeping page numbers on top of master items
162 Adding automatic currency symbols in a table cell or before text
163 Make a pop-up footnote for your ebook
164 Deleting tabs at the beginning of paragraphs and applying a paragraph style
165 Five InDesign Presentation tips

September 2014 :
157 Sharing swatches (PS/IL/ID and ID to ID)
158 Convert rounded corners to editable paths
159 Convert local formatting to character styles
160 Sort an index by page number

August 2014 :
153 When InDesign ignores your leading values
154 Extracting images from a Word document
155 Uncommon uses for Quick Apply
156 Uncovering InDesign's magic font folders

July 2014 :
148 Cropping with paste into
149 Using vertical justification to spread out text in a frame automatically
150 Rotate text inside a frame, or the frame around the text
151 Looking at snippets vs. libraries
152 Import a folder full of pictures, one per page

June 2014 :
144 Lay out a front back and spine for a book jacket
145 Ghosting area of image behind text
146 Make a transparency mask in InDesign
147 Using preflight to find common document errors

May 2014 :
139 Faking bold and italic when the font family doesn’t have one
140 Keeping the same scale size when updating or relinking to images
141 Inserting glyphs
142 Building richer, bolder color gradients
143 Finding the right font with InDesign’s font menus

April 2014 :
135 Fitting text to a specific size
136 Quick tips for making a small PDF file size
137 Sharing presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts sets
138 Making a multi-level numbered list

March 2014 :
131 Changing the shape of polygons and starburst as you draw or afterward
132 Contextual text and images that you only want sometimes visible
133 Creating nav points in a movie
134 Adding effects to your rule above and rule below

February 2014 :
127 Making automatic jump lines
128 Turning off allow pages to shuffle in order to separate facing pages
129 Dealing with parentheses around text size
130 Make a fill in the blank label for contracts and forms

January 2014 :
122 Allow text frame to resize with text
123 Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
124 Make two automatically threaded text flows
125 Saving for Web in InDesign
126 Numbering rows in a table

December 2013 :
119 Making alternative body text styles for fast typesetting
120 Making InDesign patterns with the free PatternMaker
121 Creating pull quotes the easy way

November 2013 :
116 Selecting text with the InDesign keyboard dance
117 Including a total page count in your page numbers
118 Making a custom arrowhead

October 2013 :
111 Packaging images on the pasteboard
112 Automatically updating figure references for books
113 Adding Tool Tips to your form fields in InDesign
114 Setting poetry, flush left, center on longest line
115 Use bookmarks to navigate long documents in production

September 2013 :
107 Using the same keyboard shortcut for two different commands with the Context feature
108 Making a text highlighter
109 Updating an interactive PDF without losing work done in Acrobat
110 Adding custom text at the beginning of each line automatically

August 2013 :
103 Converting text to outlines the right way
104 Turning InDesign into a speed demon
105 Working with MiniBridge
106 Customize your QR codes

July 2013 :
099 Aligning Objects tips and tricks
100 Applying corner options to any shape
101 Converting footnotes to endnotes with a free script
102 Making tab leaders pretty

June 2013 :
095 Managing changing pages with primary text frames
096 Secrets of the Info panel
097 Surprising ways to do a word count
098 Placing an object where you want it with an object style

May 2013 :
089 Three great Object Styles for any designer
090 Choosing alpha channel image transparency
091 Adding and reading metadata for InDesign files
092 Adding ALT tags to your images
093 How to Place & Link a text frame's text but not its formatting
094 Setting the baseline position of a caption

April 2013 :
085 Using Illustrator to create InDesign gradient swatches
086 Building a simple grep style to change character size
087 Exporting a grayscale PDF
088 Three ways to cheat text outside of its frame

March 2013 :
081 Creating a custom cross-reference format
082 Putting different-sized pages on a single spread
083 Formatting prices with nested and grep styles
084 Checking out the Gridify tricks

February 2013 :
077 The secrets of formatting objects with Find/Change
078 Using ruler guides: 10 great tricks
079 Converting a clipping path to a frame
080 Adding a drop shadow to a single word inside a frame

December 2012 :
069 Ten uses of the Story Editor
070 Moving an object: Ten ways!
071 Understanding optical margin alignment (and the quote trick)
072 Changing the shape of any frame with the pen tool

January 2013 :
073 Working with sets in the content conveyor tool
074 Running text along the top and the bottom of a circle
075 Creating a list using the Table of Contents feature
076 Quickly threading frames together and unthreading frames

November 2012 :
065 Customizing the story editor preferences
066 Setting the size of text exactly with this free script
067 Using Gravity to simulate perspective
068 Fixing the overflowing text frame problem in EPUBs

October 2012 :
061 Embedding images
062 Adjusting leading inside a paragraph
063 Placing one InDesign file inside another
064 Creating bookmarks for PDFs

September 2012 :
057 Text wrapping
058 Inserting pages: Understanding the Pages panel
059 Copying paths between Illustrator and InDesign
060 Automating Find/Change with the Find/ChangeByList script

August 2012 :
051 Five things that should be in every new file
052 Forcing EPUB page breaks with invisible objects
053 Understanding component information
054 Creating running heads using section markers
055 Making a font with InDesign using the IndyFont script
056 Finding where that color is used

July 2012 :
047 Specifying an exact amount of space between objects
048 Fixing last lines that are too short
049 Creating web graphics from your InDesign artwork
050 Using “No Language” to suppress unwanted hyphenation, spell-checking, and smart quotes

June 2012 :
043 Formatting fractions correctly
044 Fixing unwanted hyperlinks in an imported Word file
045 Inline graphic tricks with invisible paragraphs
046 Ensuring the first line of every chapter starts in the same spot

May 2012 :
037 Updating a linked table without losing formatting
038 Creating electronic sticky notes
039 Moving master page items to the top layer for visibility
040 Five guide tricks that will impress your coworkers
041 Letting InDesign add the diacritics
042 Using single-cell table cells for custom paragraph formatting

April 2012 :
033 Importing a custom dictionary
034 Changing document orientation and page size
035 Numbering instead of using auto page numbers
036 Setting story order with the Articles panel

March 2012 :
027 Creating running heads using variables
028 Live Caption tips and tricks
029 Making professional drop caps
030 Making two-state buttons in interactive documents
031 Moving pages from one document to another
032 Wrapping bulleted text around a curve

January 2012 :
019 Using multiple windows for comparisons
020 Putting images on a stroke
021 Making your own motion path
022 Copying objects between Illustrator and InDesign

February 2012 :
023 Using layer comps in Photoshop files to show alternates in InDesign
024 Adding custom HTML tags to EPUB/HTML exports
025 Tracking down type issues with the composition highlighter
026 Managing your InDesign panels

December 2011 :
015 Aligning numbered lists by decimal points
016 Running a script
017 When text disappears from a text frame
018 Preview and Presentation modes (changing color etc.)

November 2011 :
011 InDesign's Easter eggs
012 Three cool GREP styles everyone can use
013 A field guide to special characters
014 Trashing the application preferences to solve weird behaviors

October 2011 :
007 Selecting through and into objects using cmd-click and Select Above/Below
008 Some great tips and tricks for the Swatches panel
009 Saving down for backward compatibility with INX and IDML
010 Using the INX and IDML formats to fix problems

August 2011 :
001 The hidden "auto-expand text" feature
002 Letting InDesign do the math for you

September 2011 :
003 The indispensible Quick Apply feature
004 Customizing the Links panel
005 Magically building graphs with the Chartwell font
006 Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up character or paragraph attributes