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How to Import Adobe InDesign Styles in MS Word

If you are wondering why to have InDesign styles in MS Word, the answer is because you can use that styles in Word to format text. When importing Word file choose Use InDesign Style Definition from Import dialog if you have any conflicts and you are done, you have text formated exactly as you want it in InDesign. You can specify in InDesign Based On and Next Style but note that MS Word does not supports Nested Styles, Nested Line Styles and GREP Styles.

Copy, Paste styles in Word and save template
First off course you need to define your styles in InDesign. After defining styles copy and paste them in MS Word. Do not forget to use Keep Source Formating when pasting in Word and all your styles will be available.
Keep source formatting in MS Word
Keep source formatting in MS Word

In order to keep everything under control and fix any potential problem click triangle in bottom right corner on Home tab in Styles section to see flyout window: Styles. Navigate mouse over style then click triangle on the right side to see flyout menu and choose Modify.
Modify style in MS Word
Modify style in MS Word

Delete pasted text and save document as Word Template (*.dotx).
Save document as MS Word template
Save document as MS Word template

Use template with InDesign Styles
Open Word template with InDesign styles previously saved and start typing text and applying styles. When you are done save file as Word document or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
Apply imported styles in MS Word
Apply imported styles in MS Word

How to import document in InDesign
To import document which is formated with styles imported from InDesign first ensure that your document in InDesign have same styles created with exactly same names. Go to File > Place, navigate to document, click on it and check Show Import Options in Place dialog.
Adobe InDesign Place dialog
Adobe InDesign Place dialog

In RTF Import Options (or Microsoft Word Import Options) dialog choose Preserve Styles and Formatting from Text and Tables. Ensure that Use InDesign Style Definition is selected in section Import Styles Automatically. You can check if everything is OK through Style Mapping dialog which opens when Customize Style Import is selected. When you are done good idea is to save this preset (Save Preset button) for feature use or just click OK button to confirm and exit this dialog.
Adobe InDesign Import Options dialog
Adobe InDesign Import Options dialog

Next step with document loaded in cursor is to click or Shift click in InDesign to place document and you are done.
MS Word file with imported styles from InDesign placed in InDesign document
MS Word file with imported styles from InDesign placed in InDesign document

Conclusion
You can use InDesign styles in Word for your own projects or to distribute template to colleagues or people you are working with on project and save lot of time. If you are using font or fonts which may not be available on coleague computer it is recommended to change them to fonts that are available on every computer and platform like Arial for example.

Reference:
InDesign Help / Known issues with Microsoft Office 2007/2008 (InDesign CS4 and CS5)

Bibliography:

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe InDesign CS5, MS Word 2007

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