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Character styles removal

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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This is such a simple query but I can't find an answer online. I create a character style, I select some text, I click on the style name and the style is applied. Now I change my mind and I want to remove the style (not delete the character style, just remove it from the selected text). I would have guessed that to reclick on the style name would toggle it off but that doesn't work. So, short of Ctrl-Z, how do I un-apply the style? It's driving me nuts!

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Community Expert , Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

Only include the parameters you want to change in the character style. If size is left blank, the character style will have no effect on the underlying paragraph style size.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Text that doesn't have a user-defined style applied uses 'Normal Character Style'. So select that.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Ah but the text does have formatting. In my case I just want to use the character style to italicise a word on top of the formatting already there.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Is the formatting a paragraph style? 'Normal Character Style' will override local formatting, but not a paragraph style. Setting it will revert to the para style.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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No, the formatting is not using a paragraph style because I'm fiddling about with the font, font-size, leading and tracking to get it to look right in the space I have. I just wanted a quick way of italicising text and then removing it if I decide to and thought that a character style might be ideal. At the moment I change the font manually to italics which is slow if you are on off on off.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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You can use a paragraph style and still fiddle. Fiddling is easier with a paragraph style, even. I'm not sure if you can achieve what you're asking without using one.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Thanks for the advice Doug. As so often with complex apps, the problem is that I'm doing it wrong. I will use a paragraph style and use it to fiddle!! However, having done that, if the para style is set to say 10pt text, and I create a character style that italicises selected text, it also includes the text size. If I then change the para style to 11pt text, will my character style not italicise a selected word but reset the text to 10pt?

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Only include the parameters you want to change in the character style. If size is left blank, the character style will have no effect on the underlying paragraph style size.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Such difficulties. I have a para style using the Georgia font and I have created a character style called Italic. I 'reset' the character style panel and just set the font style to Italic. I saved it, reopened it and the font had set itself to the first font in the list beginning with A. I tried this a lot of times with the same result. Also, using the character style on a selected word is still unremovable by clicking the para style again.

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Sep 27, 2022 Sep 27, 2022

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Oh hang on - if I click the normal character style it goes back to the style set in the para style - rather than the original default. Not intuitive but it works - phew!

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Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Oh hang on - if I click the normal character style it goes back to the style set in the para style - rather than the original default. Not intuitive but it works - phew!


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Yes, that's the idea - the 'normal' style contains no parameters.

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Thanks Doug - you helped a lot!

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