Paragraph styles wrongly getting applied to next and previous paragraph

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Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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I am using Indesign 2022 v17.2

 

I am trying to apply paragraph styles to questions and a set of answers in Indesign. Unfortunately, when I try to apply one style to the questions, it applies the same style to the set of answer options.

Similarly, if I try to apply a particular style to the first option, i.e. option A, then it applies the same style to the question.

What should I do to prevent this from happening?

I am going to apply this specific formatting to a set of more than 250 questions and their answer options, so I am trying to find out a solution to this issue.

I have enclosed the the indd and idml files

 

Here is a video that shows exactly what I am facing.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022
You have used soft returns instead of paragraph returns, and the first part of the answer is actually in the same paragraph than the question. Soft returns do not create a new paragraph. I also noticed that you have a blank line with a soft return, which is absolutely useless. Use space after the paragraph style question if you want extra space between the question and the answer. Other point: on your video, I see that you select the whole paragraph to apply the paragraph style. You don't n...

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Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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You have used soft returns instead of paragraph returns, and the first part of the answer is actually in the same paragraph than the question. Soft returns do not create a new paragraph.

 

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I also noticed that you have a blank line with a soft return, which is absolutely useless. Use space after the paragraph style question if you want extra space between the question and the answer.

Other point: on your video, I see that you select the whole paragraph to apply the paragraph style. You don't need to do this: simply put the cursor in the paragraph and apply the style.

You also could use the “next style” feature to apply both the paragraph styles “question” and “answer” in a single click.

https://www.rockymountaintraining.com/adobe-indesign-how-to-use-the-next-style-attribute/

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Apr 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2022

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Thanks a lot! Toggling on the hidden characters and then using them in GREP based find/replace helped a lot. How can I integrate usage of  “next style” feature in GREP based find/replace?

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May 01, 2022 May 01, 2022

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How can I integrate usage of  “next style” feature in GREP based find/replace?

I don't think it is possible to do this.

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May 02, 2022 May 02, 2022

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Next style cannot be integrated with GREP, but it can be used as part of Object Styles and when you apply a Paragraph Style via the Pargraph Style Panel, right mous click on any paragraph style, where next style is different to the selected one.

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