Methods of importing type

Here are some common methods of placing type within InDesign.

  1. Direct input. Select the Type Tool, draw a text box, select your typeface, size, color etc and start typing.
  2. Copy and paste. Content can be copied and pasted from a variety of sources (PDFs, text documents and the internet to name a few)
  3. Importing a word processor file (Word, OpenOffice etc). A file can be added using the Place option (File > Place)

For the purpose of this tut we are going to focus on method 3.

Step 1

OK, lets start by importing a text document. In my case I am importing an Word doc. Go to File > Place and navigate to where your file is located. Select it but don’t hit the “Open” button just yet.

Step 2

To the bottom left of the “Place” floating window you will see a tick box titled “Show Import Options”. Tick this box, then press “Open”. InDesign will then present you with a new window.

Step 3

The “Import Options” box is divided into three sections, Include, Options and Formatting. The Include box is pretty self explanatory and here you can choose to omit or include various formatting. The option to omit Footnotes has proved to be helpful on a number of occasions.

Step 4

The options box contains just one tick box, “Use Typographer’s Quotes”. Here you can choose to use curly quotes or use straight quotes, a choice that has caused great debate among designers.