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  1. Table of content – Styling improvement

    1) Please make the TOC dialogue box scaleable: especially the include paragraph styles box is unmanageable (long names are not visible and after applying settings to a style it scrolls back to the top of the list)
    2) Please include option to strip or override character styles in TOC
    At the moment you need a lot of paragraph styles to set up the TOC, especially when having multicoloured headlines, both in document and TOC
    3) Please give text boxes an option "include in TOC" (helpful when having the same headline on several pages) and the option to enter alternate wording…

    20 votes

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  2. Style group support via xml import

    So far as I know, InDesign does not support style groups via xml import.

    Why is this usefull?
    If styles in a InDesign template organized into groups, we cannot refer with the attribute aid:pstyle and aid:cstyle to these styles and automatically apply these during xml import.

    20 votes

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  3. Assign paragraph style depending on odd/even page

    It would be nice to assign a paragraph style automatically depending on the “value” of a odd or even page? So you can for example make some styles have more margin at the right or left side, depending on odd or even.

    Of course you can apply this with different paragraph style, but when a new page appears in the middle of a large document it would be very nice if this can go automatically.

    18 votes

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  4. Shading for character styles

    I love using the shading for whole paragraph styles, but it would be nice to have shading for character styles as well. This would be nice for "highlighter" effects, which you just want to highlight a few lines or words. Just like applying an underline or strikethrough, but with a little more control over color, padding, maybe even shape?

    15 votes

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  5. Add cell width and heigth to table (or cell) styles

    Very often I use tables in multiple pages taht need to have the same dimensions. Being able to do that in Styles would be priceless.

    15 votes

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  6. Table of contents created with character style

    The ability to create a TOC using a character style would save me a lot of time.

    15 votes

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  7. External Paragraph Styles (to keep all documents in sync easily)

    I would like to have external paragraph styles (and other styles too) so that they can apply to multiple documents and keep all documents using them in sync with the same set of styles.

    14 votes

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  8. Stylesheet Manager

    A place to manage bulk style changes across paragraph, character, and object styles.

    14 votes

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  9. Add ALL table and cell properties to table and cell styles

    It's really confusing to have table and cell styles that only affect a subset of properties. Since I love using styles as a best practice, it never occurred to me that I was missing properties until running into numerous issues and doing a ton of research.
    Examples of missing properties are header/footer rows for tables, and keep options for rows.

    14 votes

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  10. Object Styles for Generated Captions

    It would be really helpful when generating captions to be able to assign an object style in addition to a paragraph style. (Even better if there were multiple caption styles to choose from...)

    14 votes

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  11. Some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

    Currently, there is no way other than the undesirable "book" workaround method to have a set of Paragraph Styles - that can be updated globally accross multiple InDesign documents.

    There should be some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character Styles especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

    This could be done by some kind of external "Styles" library (ideally, both Local and or Cloud based) that can be applied to an .indd file, that when updated or changed, will then update or change any document using that same Styles Library.

    Currently, it is very difficult to keep Styles updated…

    13 votes

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  12. Automatic hanging indents/"indent to here" for lists

    Currently, creating hanging indents for lists requires either manually adding "indent to here" ahead of every list item, or fiddling with the left indent and first line indent options of the list paragraph style until the desired effect is achieved-- a process that must be repeated if the type size changes or for subsequent list levels.

    Since hanging indents are what one almost always desires when creating lists, it would be great if this was a checkbox option one could simply turn on when setting up list styles. With the option on, InDesign would automatically indent all text to the…

    13 votes

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  13. Allow Adjacent Bordered Paragraphs to Share Their Border

    It's great that Paragraph Borders are now included but it really needs an option to "Connect Border to Adjacent Paragraphs Sharing the Same Style" so that the border runs around multiple paragraphs if needed. I know you can work around this with forced line breaks and empty lines but that jars with me and doesn't give me proper style sheet control.

    13 votes

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  14. Custom stroke styles, that can be shared with Illustrator (and vice versa)

    Stroke styles like those of Illustrator, where the library and styles can be created in either and shared between both programs

    13 votes

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  15. Stroke styles

    Allow us to create and name custom Stroke Styles. These would be in addition to Object Styles.

    Stroke Styles could be used to specify a custom underline, strikethrough, or paragraph rule. Stroke Styles could also be applied to paths and called by Object Styles.

    12 votes

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  16. Negative value for object style position

    When placing a frame in the bleed area (-3mm), inDesign won't allow me to set the position of an image frame to -3mm, it has to be a positive value. Meaning I have to position image frames on the left-hand page manually, rendering the feature useless on the left hand page of each spread... If you can set the value to a negative amount in the regular coordinates palette why wouldn't this be mirrored in the styles?

    11 votes

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  17. Apply object style to a group

    It would be nice if I could apply an object style to grouped objects. Especially useful when using only the position functions.

    11 votes

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  18. Multiple paragraph/character style sheets

    When selecting more than one paragraph of text that therefore uses multiple paragraph styles, instead of saying (mixed) at the top of the styles palette, it would be really helpful if it could highlight which actual paragraph styles were in use. 'Multiple' is of no use - I can see there are multile styles just by looking at it!

    11 votes

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  19. conditional GREP formatting

    We need to add conditional GREP formatting. For eg. in screen 1 (yellow highlighted text) tagged in xml, and are able capture with GREP styling. But when we put condition, it also captures unwanted text in same GREP style (cyan highlighted), tagged with same xml tag. It would be great as conditional text, i.e.. "IF x=y then DO 'this'" OTHERWISE APPLY 'this style'.

    If such option available in indesign, it would be a great help as we are doing frontend xml publishing.

    11 votes

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  20. Paragraph Borders: Inset vs Offset or "Keep Within Frame"

    LOVE that borders and shading are now built into paragraph styles; but, I would like to be able to create a paragraph border with an inset (instead of an offset), or something like the "keep in frame" option for paragraph rules. The result is a paragraph outline in line with the other paragraphs above and below it, but with an inset paragraph inside the border.

    11 votes

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