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thiery roussel
Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 1:35:53 am

Q?
Is it possible to select only one column of text separate by tab

I'm in the process of creating a template for closing credits.... trilling!
And I figure the tabs will be the simplest way to get the standard 2 columns.

But I want to be able to select only the left or right column and apply a different character style.
How do i get this?

My dummy text is formatted like this;

(tab) Title (tab) Full Name
(tab) Driver (tab) John Doe

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Paul Fullilove
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 3:13:10 am

Hello. It looks like you might want to create object styles for each column. Check out the following:
http://blog.lynda.com/2013/05/16/indesign-secrets-three-great-object-styles.... It's the third little (photo credits)tutorial in the video towards the end. You should be able to adapt that to what you need.


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thiery roussel
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 2:08:47 pm

I get the tutorial. Not sure how this could help me.
The two columns are in the same text box. And I want to select just one.



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Paul Fullilove
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 7:16:14 pm

My mistake. I assumed that you used two text frames or two columns in a table. I would suggest that you pose your question to the indesignsecrets.com forum. That way David Blatner or others well versed in InDesign could help you out. Sorry.


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thiery roussel
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 7:51:19 pm

Thank Paul for your ressources.
I see how this would be easier to format if i had multiple text box, but i try to achieve the less copy&paste from an external document, wich introduce potential errors. If that path doesn't work, I may go to different text box or tables.
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Paul Fullilove
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 8:23:35 pm

Don't give up hope yet. If you are copying and pasting from a word document DON'T. Use the Place command in the File menu. When the dialog box displays make sure you select the preserve text & table radio button. That way your word styles have a good chance importing intact. You can leave import styles selected. I always place in a text frame. If everything look kinda good then you can create your character styles. Anne Marie Concepcion has a great course on lynda.com that goes through this very process in detail. You might be able to view it without having to purchase anything.

Good Luck


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Paul Fullilove
Re: Select a column from a tab delimited
on Nov 14, 2013 at 8:27:40 pm

One more thing I forgot. Make sure you check mark show import options in the Place dialog box. If you don't, you never get to the Place option dialog box.


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