How to Create Your Own Default Paragraph and Character Styles in InDesign

How to Create Your Own Default Paragraph and Character Styles in InDesign

In this post, I will explain to you how to replace default Basic Paragraph and None character styles in InDesign with your own styles which you can use as a starting point in any newly created document. In this way, you can save some time while creating styles or at least to save time with always required styles like: bold, italics, no break, bold no break and so on.

Reasons to Replace Default Styles

There are a couple of reasons to replace default [Basic Paragraph] and [None] character styles:

  • To quickly create styles required for your project/document. You can use default styles as a base or to quickly modify them.
  • Experiment with styles to get some ideas.
  • Use always required styles like: bold, italics... without to load them or to spend time creating them from scratch.

How to create your own default paragraph and character styles

  1. The very first step is to create styles and to save the document. You can also use any saved document with styles which you want as defaults in every new document.
  2. The second step is to close all open documents in InDesign.
  3. Press F11 or go to Type > Character/Paragraph Styles to display Paragraph/Character Styles panel on your screen. Click on panel menu and choose: Load All Text Styles...
  4. Load all text styles in InDesign
  5. Navigate to InDesign document with styles and double click on it.
  6. In Load Styles dialog click OK and you are done.
  7. Confirm in Load Styles dialog in InDesign

That's it. Styles will be loaded and available in every new document which you will create.

How to delete (reset) default paragraph and character styles

It is easy and simple to revert to factory defaults. Close all open documents and delete all styles from Paragraph and Character Styles panels.
Delete your own paragraph and character styles

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe InDesign CC 2017

Paragraph and character styles


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