Learn the basics of formatting text in Adobe InDesign CC, including changing font and font size, understanding the difference between character and paragraph formatting, and saving text formatting as a style.

Change font and font size

Explore basic text formatting such as Typekit fonts and font size.

What you learned: Change font and font size

  1. Select text with the Type tool in the Tools panel or select a text frame with the Selection tool to apply the same formatting to all text within a frame.
  2. In the Control panel above the document, click the Character Formatting Controls to see formatting such as font, font size, and more or choose Type > Character to open the Character panel.
  3. When selecting a font in the Font Family menu, you can click Add Fonts From Typekit to open the Typekit website. On the Typekit website, select a font and (click the button to) sync it. Apply the font in InDesign. Choose a font style associated with the selected font, such as bold, from the Font Style menu.
  4. Change the font size by choosing a size from the menu, typing in a value, or clicking the arrows to the left of the field.

Basic text formatting

Learn about the difference between paragraph and character formatting.

What you learned: Format basic text

  1. Select the Type tool in the Tools panel and drag across text to select it.
  2. In the Control panel above the document, there are two types of text formatting that you can apply to text: character formatting and paragraph formatting. Character formatting, such as font and font size, applies to selected text or all of the text in a selected text frame. Paragraph formatting, such as alignment, applies formatting to entire paragraphs.
  3. You can view text formatting in separate panels by choosing Type > Character or Type > Paragraph.
  4. With the character formatting showing in the Control panel, change the leading value to adjust the spacing between lines of text.
  5. Click the paragraph formatting option and change formatting such as the text alignment.

Save text formatting as a style

Discover how to save text formatting as a paragraph style for formatting speed and consistency.

What you learned: Save text formatting as a style

  • Text formatting can be saved as a text style in a document for formatting speed and consistency. Updating a text style will update all text with that same style applied.
  • There are two types of text styles: paragraph and character. Paragraph styles save both character and paragraph formatting and apply to entire paragraphs of text. Character styles only save character formatting such as font and font size.
  • Choose Type > Paragraph Styles to open the Paragraph Styles panel. Each new document starts with a basic paragraph style called “Basic Paragraph.” Local formatting may be removed by clicking the Clear Overrides button in the Paragraph Styles panel.
  • To make a new style, click in the text with the Type tool or select the text, then click the Create New Style button at the bottom of the Paragraph Styles panel. Double-click the new style to rename it and press Return (Windows) or Enter (macOS) to make the name change. Click OK.
  • To apply a paragraph style, insert the cursor in text and select a style name in the Paragraph Styles panel. 

Edit text styles

Learn how to edit a paragraph style.

What you learned: Edit text styles

  1. In the Paragraph Styles panel, either right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the style name in the panel and choose Edit [style name] or simply double-click the style name.

    When you change the definition of a style, all of the text in the document, formatted with that style changes to match the new style definition.

  2. Change the text formatting for the style in the dialog box and click OK.



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Presenter: Brian Wood

Designer: Martin Hoang 

Designer: Erica Larson