This must be a common question, but I haven't found an answer that fits my circumstances exactly. If it's out there, you can help me by just providing a link.
Copy source in my workflow is MS Word. Source files use curly quotes for actual quotes and staight quotes for inch and foot marks.
After ingestion to InDesign, the foot and inch marks are all curly. What's more, once they're fixed, if I copy the straight quotes from InDesign and paste them into a different InDesign document, they're curly again.
So that's two different questions I guess. How do I keep straight quotes straight (and curly quotes curly) when ingesting copy, and how do I keep straight quotes straight and curly quotes curly when copying and pasting in InDesign?
Edit>preferences and choose Type and toggle the Use Typographer's Quotes
There's also a keystroke to Toggle Typographer's Quotes preference:
Dan, I just tried that. I remember way back when this worked, but, and forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think they replaced it with Glyphs, but i noticed this special character doesn't exist in any font I'm looking at. Wow. But as easy as it is to create it manually with the pen tool and outline it, I feel like it is kinda silly harping about it.
Dan, The key command works, but what if I need straight quote marks for dimensions area of a catalog AND real quotes for copy? Is there a way to do this so as not to select each measuremet (54 book titles)? Copying and pasting doesn't work. It reverts back to real quote marks when pasting. Thanks.
(P.S. You did a photoshop training for the publisher I work for, so I'm glad to find you here!)
That is an Illustrator screenshot!
Editing preferences is a good solution in the case of Placing or Copying text as you have in your case.
Just for reference, in case it comes up, when you're typing your own text, you can also leave the preferences as they are and type Command+Option+Shift+' on Mac Ctrl+Alt+Shift+' on Windows when you need the inch/foot mark. Or insert your cursor where you need the mark, and choose Type menu > Insert Special Character > Quotation Marks.