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Importing Word formatting that is not properly styled

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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I have a large google docs document that I downloaded as .docx to import to Indesign. 

This document does not have paragraph styles, rather, the style/hierarchy has been marked by using colors, underlines, italics and bold text. All of this is read by Word as the "Normal" style throughout the document.

Here's an example of how it's formatted:

 

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Is there any way that Indesign can interpret, for example, all text that is underlined and green as one style so that I can adapt it to my paragraph styles on Indesign?

Since there are no proper Word styles on my doc and everything is the "Normal" style, Style Mapping when placing on Indesign doesn't work. 

 

I don't want to have to style the whole Word document with paragraph styles because it's really long. Is there anything I can do to salvage this?

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Is there any way that Indesign can interpret, for example, all text that is underlined and green as one style so that I can adapt it to my paragraph styles on Indesign?

You could run a find-change

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Is there any way that Indesign can interpret, for example, all text that is underlined and green as one style so that I can adapt it to my paragraph styles on Indesign?

You could run a find-change

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Thank you!! I have been able to use this for when the format is bold, but for some reason when searching colour + underline Indesign doesn't find anything. Do you have any idea why?

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Are you sure that you are running the find change for the whole document, or the story and not for the selection only?

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I was running it for the whole document. For some reason, searching in the Text tab didn't work, but I switched to GREP and it found the match perfectly. 

Thank you for your help, it's all good now!

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It is almost certainly easier to reformat in Docs than to try and clean it all up in ID. (Years of experience talkin', here.)

 

Can you import to Word and thus make use of a better Find/Replace, macros, etc.?

 


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