Paragraph Rules in InDesign CS3

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Dave Cross shows us how to take advantage of InDesign’s paragraph rules by creating and applying new styles to your text.


  • Rüdiger Fischer says:

    Thank, this is verry helpful, i dont know the a rule can do this in a paragraph

  • DCM says:

    THis is a very handy technique. I discovered this on my own a couple of years ago and have been using it regularly when designing forms etc.

  • salcuda says:

    Ottimo video corso.ok

  • Candace says:

    Dave, you’re a great teacher. Even though you go through things quickly your explanation is very easy to “get.” I’m new at InDesign and it’s refreshing to listen to someone who knows how to explain it to newbies. Looking forward to watching other tutorials.

  • Eugene Tyson says:

    One more trick to add to that.

    Say if you were to insert a text and wanted it to apply automatically without manually putting in the paragraph styles.

    Make a New Object style

    Go the Paragraph Style on the left hand menu.

    For Paragraph Style use the style “Shade”

    And then CHECK THE BOX that says APPLY NEXT STYLE.

    Automatically does the whole frame of text for you.

    Of course you may not only have this list, you may have other information per text frame that you don’t want shaded, etc.

  • David Greenwell says:

    Great tip Dave.

    Just one thing… wouldn’t it make sense to set the rule width to be the same as the leading of the text so the coloured shaded “strips” and the white gaps in-between are the same width?