How to convert Word document to Indd to InDesign.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Please advise.  Thank you.

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Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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Place the Word document into an existing InDesign document. This will add the text and any embedded graphics but much if the layout, if there is any, will be lost. Margins, headers and footers, columns, and lathe like will either not come through at all or will, but not look the same. For simple text documents you'll be 95% done when you place. You'll need to look through the file to make sure things look the way you want and you'll need to rebuild headers and footers by adding them to the Parent page.

 

Best thing to do is make a new, blank document with the page size and margins of the Word file, then place the Word file. Come back with specific questions once you've done that. 

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All of what Scott said, plus keep in mind that Word style names will come through as InDesign styles. All of the characteristics may not be carried forward and they may not map precisely to the same formatting, but you can update each style and have it apply through the document. MUCH easier than trying to reformat paragraph by paragraph.

 

And yes, you really have to master styles to use InDesign effectively, even if Word kind of treats them as something optional. So if you master styles in one, you're most of the way to mastering them in the other. If you are going to be writing Word docs for import to ID, it's worth doing as much as you can to cleanly format the doc and do all editing and so forth in Word, and then pull it over for little more than page layout and style updates.

 

Lots of experienced help here as you need it.

 

 

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Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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To add to @Scott Falkner 's and @James Gifford—NitroPress 's advice, use the File > Place menu, turn on the Show Import Options, and select your Word file.

 

The import options is too much detail to go into here, but here is help link:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/paragraph-character-styles.html#convert_word_styles_to_indesi...

You can also get some customized online training from an Adobe Certified Instructor here:

(Note: this is not filtered for location; you might want to do that to your country, at least.)

https://learning.adobe.com/partner-finder.html?products=InDesign&learningOptions=Web-based&partnerTy...

 

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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