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Work with Style Packs

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Learn how to apply, edit, and create Style Packs to style your InDesign documents.

  Introducing Auto Style (Technology Preview)

Powered by Adobe Sensei, Auto Style simplifies text formatting for you. Working on a large document? Select one of the Style Packs to format your text automatically.

Whether you're new to InDesign or an expert, text styling can require lots of time and effort to get right. With Auto Style, you can apply, edit, and create Style Packs to streamline this process.

What is a Style Pack?

Style Pack is a group of Paragraph Styles. Auto Style reads your text and applies different styles to different sections based on your Style Pack selection.

Work with Style Packs in four easy steps


This feature is only available for InDesign installed in English (International) and English (North America) locales.

Apply Style Packs

The Auto Style feature reads your text, recognizes the different sections, and applies our built-in Style Packs accordingly.

  1. Add text to your InDesign file. It needs to contain at least 1000 characters.

  2. Go to Window > Styles > Style Packs to access the Style Packs panel.

  3. Apply the Style Pack you would like to see by selecting one of the following:

    • Style Pack Added  icon: The Style Pack is installed and applied upon selection.
    • Download Style Pack D DoD: icon: The Style Pack isn't installed and will be downloaded and installed upon selection.
Scroll and select a Style Pack to download and apply it.
Scroll and select a Style Pack to download and apply it.

Edit Style Packs

Once you've tried a few Style Packs, you might want to adjust the treatment of certain elements, like Subheads or Ordered lists.

  1. Go to Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles.

  2. Expand your Style Pack folder to see the different Paragraph Styles.

  3. Select the Paragraph Style you want to edit within your Style Pack folder.

  4. Select the menu   icon and then select Style Options.

  5. Edit the style using the Paragraph Style Options.

  6. Select OK.

  7. Select the Apply Style Pack   icon next to the edited Style Pack in the Paragraph Styles panel.

Edit any Paragraph Style within a Style Pack to customize it.
Edit any Paragraph Style within a Style Pack to customize it.

Create Style Packs

If you can't find what you're looking for, you can create your own Style Pack with existing or new Paragraph Styles.

  1. Open the Paragraph Styles panel.

  2. Select the menu   icon and then select New Style Pack.

  3. In the New Style Pack panel, enter a Style Pack Name.

  4. Select an InDesign Style (any existing Paragraph Style) for each default Style Name.

  5. Select OK.

  6. Select the newly created Style Pack to use it.

Map existing Paragraph Styles to create a new Style Pack.
Map existing Paragraph Styles to create a new Style Pack.

Style copied text

Do you like writing in Microsoft Word or another text editor? Or maybe you want to work with text from a web page? You can copy and paste text from other surfaces and Auto Style it with the Style Packs.

Select the Paste text only   icon and then select Auto Style text   icon.

  1. Copy and paste text from any other surface into your InDesign file. It needs to contain at least 1000 characters.

  2. Select the Paste text only       icon to see all the paste options:

    Paste text only   : Pastes text without any formatting

    Paste with formatting   : Pastes text with the source formatting intact

    Auto Style text   : Auto styles your text as per the selected Style Pack

If you copy text into an existing text frame, the Paste text only       icon appears at the last line of the existing text.

Clipboard Handling

If you don't see the Auto Style text   icon, adjust your Clipboard Handling options.

  1. Go to EditPreferences > Clipboard Handling.

  2. Select Show Auto Style Option and then select OK.

  3. Copy and paste text from any other surface into your InDesign file. It needs to contain at least 1000 characters to use the Auto Style feature.

    You can also use the Place option to import a text (.txt) file or a word document (.docx) into your InDesign file. The imported file needs to contain at least 1000 characters to use the Auto Style feature.

Check Show Auto Style Option to see the Auto Style text icon in the paste nudge.
Select Show Auto Style Option to see the Auto Style text icon.

Enjoying Auto Style (Technology Preview)?
Tell us what you created. Was the process easy? Was the rendering quick? Would you like more styles added?

related resources

Now that you know how to Auto Style your text with Style Packs, learn more about Paragraph and character styles and how to copy text from Illustrator to InDesign without losing fidelity.

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