It looks to me that ID does not override Word completely. It does so partially, so the text is all turqoise when I use the local formatting button and the defined style has a plus next to it. If I override without alt, there might be separate words and phrases in the paragraph also with local formatting, though it has just been converted. So, I'd have to alt click the whole text and add italics/bold back manually? Also, it does not take any styles for footnotes. There are like multiple fonts, though in Word there is only one. If I change the hyperlink manually, it will have a pink highlight behind it.
I saw a thread on that, biut am wondering if it can be fixed centrally?
ID also defines styles of things already deleted from the word file, like the ToC.
Just in case, I also put the whole text into Times New Roman and black, but it still defines the colour of the heading marker which used to be blue. Or defines the style for red highlighted part which is no longer there.
It looks to me that my Word file is too corrupt or powerful or sth, but ID should get rid of all the extra stuff, right? The last book I did 3 months ago, had no problem with that. Can Adobe people help maybe?
Thank you for your response!
I do not usually apply chatracter styles in Word, but I may give it a try.
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I just ran into this with a large book import, and had it confirmed by another user. It's a new(ish) bug in that the import will assign all the correct styles but not override the Word formatting—if you have turquoise italics in Word and map them to a red bold style in ID, the "RedBold" character format will be applied, but the text will remain overridden as turquoise italics.
My solution was to do a search and replace of paragraph returns, by style, and reapply the paragraph format to each. A little tedious, but it worked.
Thank you for your response!
What do you mean by "do a search and replace of paragraph returns, by style"
The whole text is turqoise, as if "local" after style mapping.
Also, what to do with the pink background (as if highlight) when I manually apply character styles?
Yes, this is a long-standing bug with InDesign's import/place utility.
InDesign's import filter leaves residual formatting code crud in the file, even if you map Word styles to InDesign styles. Here are a couple of scenarios we use at our studio.
1. If the Word author has used Word's styles to format the file (I know this is Utopia, but we have trained many clients to do this):
2. If the Word author manually formatted the entire Word.docx file:
Final note: You'll always have better text coming into the layout if you control what comes in with Show Import Options. Choose either method to get rid of all Word formatting crud.
Hope this helps.
Thank you for your lengthy response.
So very disappointed with Adobe. As I can see from the reponses, no option is anything but time-consuming.
The excess styles... I have them all carried to Indesign. I guess they are harmless as you say.
Why does it apply a pink background (highlight) to any changes that I apply from Character Styles? Where can I turn it off? a+ does not fix it.
Pink background means that the font is missing for that particular portion of highlighted text.
Use Type / Find Fonts to find the missing font and replace it with a valid font (or weight of the font).
One easy 2-second fix that might solve the problem is:
I must have done something wrong on this book import; as noted above, when I did this first time round, it cleared too many things I wanted. I just did a recheck and yep, select-all, clear overrides does exactly what's needed, and no more.
Checks "learned something" box for the day. 🙂
Lucky you, @James Gifford—NitroPress!
The trick to clear the residucal crud from MS Word imports is to do a "plain" click on the clear overrides button. That is, just click it.
If you opt to do an Alt-Click or any other variation the tooltip suggests, you'll clear too deeply and could even remove the character style itself.
I teach this trick to my students in my classes.
Of course, rinse and repeat on your next project.