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importing only specific parts of a Word file

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Feb 25, 2024 Feb 25, 2024

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I have a large (+400 pages) InDesign project in which around 20 Word files are placed as links, so I can edit those in Word and immediately see the results in my InDesign. This works all smoothly.

There are, however, instances where I want to exclude certain parts of my Word documents (which are all work in progress) to import in the InDesign layout. Of course I can remove those parts manually in InDesign after importing the Word files, but I would loose that work again after every update of the link. I would expect that there is an option in the InDesign import Word style mapper to ignore certain parts of the Word document, based on a particular paragraph style that I create in Word.  I cannot find a solution to "comment out" some of the text in Word. 

Does anyone have a suggestion for a workaround for this?

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Feb 25, 2024 Feb 25, 2024

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I don't know why you'd want to work this way (placing before finishing) but if you want to link Word and InDesign, then try Em Software's Wordsflow. This will create a two way link with the Word file.

 

Otherwise, you could place it and do a find/change looking for the paragraph style and delete the text that way. 

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If you have specific ParaStyles that are applied to the blocks of text that you want to "hide" - you could play with formatting - 0.1 point size, 0 leading, no color, - 100 tracking, etc. 

 

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Or a simple script could "clean up" your text based on the rules you define. 

 

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