I have a document full of small text frames in which I have created custom hard line breaks for aesthetic reasons. So, for instance, I have:
This is an example
of what I have.
Above, I have inserted a hard line break after the word "example" in order to start line two with a preposition.
When I use spellcheck on this document, InDesign stops at the word "of" seen above... and every other word that I have forced to appear on a new line. InDesign considers these words to be at the beginning of a new sentence and therefore flags them as requiring capitalization.
As a result, the spellcheck of this document takes ages, since 95% of the items caught are not actual spelling errors but rather incorrectly identified capitalization problems. Is there a way to get spellcheck to ignore these cases where I have purposefully inserted a line break? I'd like to be able to spellcheck this page inside InDesign.
If that's not possible, is there a script that one can suggest for exporting the text? (That way I could spellcheck it in a program that doesn't assume that manual line breaks signal the start of a new sentence.)
Thanks for any ideas.
That's one of several reasons you shouldn't force line breaks by entering paragraphs. If you enter "forced line breaks" (Shift+Enter) instead, it should solve that problem.
You don't need a script for exporting the text; just export and choose Text Only from the Save as type: menu.
I see how "shift-enter" will work. However, when I click on "save as" in the "file" menu drop-down, I do not see an option to save as text. The options are document. template & "C4 and later."
Right, you won't find Text Only in the Save As dialog; use File > Export.
The only problem is that when I export, it only exports selected text. This means I have to go through the document and select all the text frames. I was hoping for a text export option that would just give me all the text without my having to select it.
I also did find, from a previous related post, that I can set preferences to have spellcheck ignore capitalization of sentences, so that will work for me, tho' I'll want to stop using that feature after finishing with this particular document.
" I was hoping for a text export option that would just give me all the text without my having to select it."
You already have a script at hand that exactly does this:
From my German InDesign 2021:
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