Right-click, and then click Adjust List Indents. Click OK, select the the text you want the style applied to, then click the style's name in the Paragraph Styles panel. Footnotes themselves are single spaced but double spaced in-between each footnote. How to Change Line Spacing in InDesign 1. you are using the Global Composer that obviously has issues. Step 6: Click "OK" at the bottom to finish. I wonder where it came from. The only good solution I’ve found is to add another shortcut to this feature: Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts Choose Text and Tables from the Product Area popup menu Find “Increase Word Space” But then the last line has more leading than the others. Often, the fix is easy. I tried left align or left justification and it doesn't make a difference for me, InDesign still gives me odd gaps. It appears that there's an extra character in front of each paragraph. Extremely helpful and problem solved! Sending a DropBox or Google Drive link of the file would be most helpful. I don't know how to attach a file sample (please advise, how to do it), so I'm posting an exported jpg of it: If anyone can advise me, who to solve it, I would greatly appreciate it! Select a kerning value from the menu or click the up/down arrows; add Shift for greater increments. Thank you Steve and rob for helping me out with this! Drop down the Query list on the top line and run each of these queries with the Search parameter set to Document (to search all the stories in the InDesign document): Multiple Space to Single Space. Please answer the questions Barb posted above (reply #1). To set the space between objects (facing edge to facing edge), under Distribute Spacing, select Use Spacing and type the amount of space you want between the objects. I would like to know if the steps suggested above worked for you, or the issue still persists. I think this is the extra space you're referring to? The original file with this problem, is one I created a few years ago, and have been making minor text corrections a few times after, while the character suddenly appeared in almost all the paragraphs of the text! The first is used to determine spacing between individual characters, and the other determines the spacing of a particular block of text. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! This means you can have different leading applied to text within one paragraph. Changing the position of the bullets in a list, or the spacing between the bullets and text involves fine-tuning the bullet indents. For Auto Leading, specify a new default percentage. Uwe's right in that changing the paragraph composer from the World Ready Paragraph Composer to the Paragraph Composer also seems to remove the extra space but that character will still be there. Compose and hyphenate text in Adobe InDesign. By default, the only control InDesign has is to adjust the spacing between words. Choose a composition method for a paragraph. You've said previously that you're copying and pasting text from somewhere else into InDesign. You can delete that space character and even to a find/replace to get rid of them. If you ever worked with a text processor you should be familiar of "Tabs". Here’s how: Select the bullets in the list by clicking a bullet. Thank you, I will learn to work with the other composers! Thanks! Chances are your text frame area is too small compared to the font size you are using so when you justify the text, InDesign does the best it can to distribute the space between words and letters. It happened in a few exisiting independent documents, with which I had been working for a few years without any problem. I actually have to change the margins for binding purposes and I have to change the spacing in the footnotes. Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. Is the font you are using installed. You would think it would be easy to find settings for your Fonts in Control Panel but that is not the place to fix this problem. Click the lower right arrow in the Home tab's Font group or press "Ctrl-D," to open the Font … In the picture I highlighted the text I'm talking about. In InDesign, leading (aka line spacing) is a character attribute. Instead of running a series of searches to weed out all extra spaces, just pick this one preset. Have you tried recomposing the story? Thank you for this advice. On the left, the selected text in Acrobat Pro 8, on the right, the pasted result in InDesign: I'd rather see you clean it up to avoid issues in the future. I've also tried messing with the space before/after settings, and they're all set at 0. This Quick Tip is an introduction to working with Tabs in InDesign and is perfect for beginners. I have a simlilar or ven worse issue. Follow these directions to see if this is your problem. (Win: Ctrl-Alt-/; Mac: Command+Option+/). I pride myself on being able to resolve strange goings-on in documents but this one had me stumped. Changing to other fonts didn't help. Align to Grid. I think this is the extra space you're referring to? It could be part of your Paragraph Style. By the way, do you know to change the spacing for all the footnotes? The following is the comparison when the spacing is expanded to 1.5 pt. Choose Type > Show Hidden Characters to see the Return character. The language formatting is Greek so you are good to go. Any ideas? InDesign is the industry-standard publishing app lets you design and publish high-quality documents across a full spectrum of digital and print media. Change the default leading percentage Select the paragraphs that you want to change. Thank you! For InDesign users, there are keyboard shortcuts to adjust local word spacing quickly and easily: Select the text or headline you want to adjust. I'm sorry, I don't know what "recomposing the story" means, but pressing "Ctrl-Alt-/", with the text selected or not, didn't work. So in theory they should all have the same amount of leading. Because InDesign can do better than your local paper, just not by default. I haven't been able to replicate that here, with or without the invisible character. Select some of the text and check in the ribbon (Paragraph section) if that's the case. Whenever I delete the text below the original I was talking about, everything is normal with the leading. Any idea of what is going on? Try to balance the space between letters optically. If you do not have an existing InDesign document to work in, create a new document by selecting File>New>Document and specifying the settings for your new document. Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. 1. Select the Page Tool (third from the top of the toolbar) Select one of your pages on the artboard Check the "Objects Move with Page" box at the top of … 3. They could be helpful in diagnosing the problem. When you press the Tab (Tabulator) key the cursor is displaced to the next tab stop; this is particularly useful when you need to organize content in a document. Of course, I was in a hurry, and of course, the copy came in with a hard return at the end of every line. Squint your eyes to blur the letterforms and focus on the shapes and the negative space between them. On the Indents and Spacing tab, click the drop-down next to Alignment, and click Justified, OK. Right-click on the text again, and click Format, Font . A quick fix. Change that to the Adobe Single Line Composer or to the Adobe Paragraph Composer. From the Paragraph panel menu or the Control panel menu, choose Justification, and then choose an option from the Composer menu. Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Nevertheless the problem is visible and is solved after changing the composer setting in the paragraph style. Press Command+Option+Delete (Mac), Ctrl+Alt+Backspace (Windows) to decrease word spacing by 20/1000 of an em. I've never been able to figure this out: sometimes when I am making a single paragraph that has multiple lines in a single text frame, the leading of one line of text is different than all the others' leading. How do I find/replace it to get rid of all of them (what to write in the "find" field) ? What's the composer you are using in paragraph formatting? Open the InDesign document you want to work in by selecting File>Open from the Control panel at the top of your workspace. I get it! Does the spacing correct itself when you change the alignment to left, or when you use a different font? Kern and Tracking control the spacing between characters and words. This does remove some of the space. Beyond that, you are using a first line indent on each paragraph that is applying a 4mm indent to the first line and then a 1mm indent to the remaining lines of the paragraph. Interestingly, even that is not consistently wrong -- lines 2, 3, 4 and 6 look like they have extra space after the first character, but lines 5 and 7 do not. I attached a picture, hopefully that will help! I … So that means no line has a different amount, if they were different amounts that leading box would just be greyed out. If you'd like to learn how to do that, download our free guide mentioned below. The most likely cause of your problem is at least one character in the last line with Auto leading or some other value applied. I did a little research and it appears to be a punctuation space. Here two screenshots with your test document. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! PLEASE someone help me out with this. 4. It happened in a few exisiting independent documents, with which I had been working for a few years without any problem. However when I clicked "Show Hidden Character" the settings did not change. (If Distribute Spacing is not visible, choose Show Options in the Align Panel menu.) Step 1. Copyright © 2020 Adobe. I was trying to post a reply earlier, it didn't work hope it works now. I just don't see the value in having that character at the beginning of each line. Step 5: In the "Spacing" box, select "Expanded" if you want to increase the spacing between letters, or select "Condensed" if you want to decrease the spacing, then type the value you want to expand or condense. You can return to normal leading values by increasing the Paragraph Spacing Limit in the same area, which lets InDesign add space between paragraphs instead of between each line. I also chaged the different composer settings, and nothing. What version of InDesign and what operating system? I should also note: there are different lines of type within this same text frame. Choose Justification from the Paragraph panel menu or from the Control panel menu. But in any kind of justified alignment (and this is what I need), the spaces are there. The culprit in my case seemed to be apostrophes and I “fixed” it by changing the whole document to a very similar font. To edit the paragraph style, right click the style, and choose Edit. I've never been able to figure this out: sometimes when I am making a single paragraph that has multiple lines in a single text frame, the leading of one line of text is different than all the others' leading. Since a couple of weeks, InDesign started making strange bigger spaces between characters - especially on the left side of the columns. Now I deleted this character and it solved the issued. Note, that I did not install the needed font. How to Fix the Jagged Font Problem. This does remove some of the space. I think you mean JerusalemNun, it's her question. With your cursor in the paragraph, click the button to Clear Overrides in the Control panel or Paragraph Styles panel. I've included a screen shot below. I write the text by double-clicking within a frame and then type in, or paste (in this case, without formatting). It's the weird spacing between the first couple of characters on the lines that follow. Giving it the power to adjust Tracking and Glyph size by just a small amount is enough to rid most justified layouts of all those annoying rivers of white flooding down the page. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I'm sorry, I don't know what a composer is. The text won’t appear selected. I'll see if that changes any of the large spaces. This is driving me nuts. Change the alignment to left and take a look at your text, in particular how much space it has take up on a line and how much is left. Fixing Inconsistent Leading So to fix the last line leading problem, you have to remove overrides from the paragraph’s formatting. If you don't have any text in your project yet, select the Type tool (it looks like a T) and drag to create a text box. You have the text selected, but have not included the paragraph return—Steve wants you to show hidden characters so you can see the return and include it in the selection. Rotate headline text 180° to work with abstract shapes instead. This was on Adobe's InDesign Help site: Change the default leading percentage Select the paragraphs that you want to change. So far non of the solution seems to work. Next time I can truly fix the problem. So a quick way to fix the problem is to select all of your text and adjust its Leading value so that it's the same as the grid's Increment Every value. Click the menu in the top right corner, and choose New Paragraph Style. That character probably has a different setting. I was thrilled to see this weird spacing issue resolution. If I change and change back, they reappear. If you do not have an existing InDesign document to work in, create a new document by selecting File>New>Document and specifying the settings for your new document. It looks line a 'First Line Indent' formatting option is applied to the text. (Win: Ctrl-Alt-/; Mac: Command+Option+/). Terrible explanation. Thanks! I don't think the indent is the issue. Join Anne-Marie Concepción and David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video, 326 Changing word or character spacing in a paragraph style, part of InDesign Secrets. When I select a non justified alignment (right, left or center), the spaces disappear. You have the text selected, but have not included the paragraph return—Steve wants you to show hidden characters so you can see the return and include it in the selection.If I select my return you can see its leading is 19pt and not 11ptYou can prevent multiple leadings within a paragraph by checking Apply leading to Entire paragraphs in your Type Preferences: Copyright © 2020 Adobe. Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. First, open your current InDesign project or start a new one by selecting "File" > "New" > "Document". Open the InDesign document you want to work in by selecting File>Open from the Control panel at the top of your workspace. Select the entire paragraph INCLUDING THE HIDDEN RETURN CHARACTER. Give it a name, and fill in the settings you need, including spacing. All fonts are installed. You could use ^k in the find field and leave the change to field blank. Thanks! Does the spacing correct itself when you change the alignment to left, or when you use a different font? I did a little research and it appears to be a punctuation space. Better though, in the long run, is to learn about Paragraph Styles and how not to override them. There is also a non-seen special character in the beginning of the paragraphs now, which I had never seen before - I don't know what it is, but deleting it didn't help. All rights reserved. You can prevent multiple leadings within a paragraph by checking Apply leading to Entire paragraphs in your Type Preferences: Oh! The invisible character appears to be a discretionary line break. You can indent a paragraph using the Paragraph panel. The first three lines of type are fine. We need to get to your Windows Advanced System Settings. Solution #1: Set the Character Spacing. You've said previously that you're copying and pasting text from somewhere else into InDesign. What version of InDesign and what operating system? Terrible explanation. Your problems will go away. If I select my return you can see its leading is 19pt and not 11pt. All rights reserved. It appears that there's an extra character in front of each paragraph. the leading is all the same now. Show us the Character Panel when the text curser is in the text. Not sure what would have caused that to appear at the beginning of a paragraph, but I see no reason not to delete it, even if it doesn't resolve this problem. Choose Justification from the Paragraph panel menu or from the Control panel menu. The other day I needed to copy a paragraph of text from a client-supplied PDF into an InDesign layout. I used the fonts SKSamsonPolUni_W and MgOldTimes UC Pol . From my German InDesign; hope you can follow with your version: And another file that has the same space problem actually doesn't even have the invisible space character in the beginning of it. I also highlighted the text to point out that the WHOLE paragraph's leading is at 11 pts. It's strange, because I did the same before, and it didn't. Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it. Thanks! They have different leading and different font sizes as the one I highlighted. The most likely suspect is the carriage return at the end of the paragraph. Finding formatting problems is the key to fixing them and regaining stability. Indentation moves paragraph text away from the left or right edges of the text frame’s bounding box. Have you tried recomposing the story? Since a couple of weeks, InDesign started making strange bigger spaces between characters -  especially on the left side of the columns. I'm a proponent of clean text. Hello! Do any of the following: From the Paragraph panel menu, choose Adobe Paragraph Composer (the default) or Adobe Single-line Composer. You can delete that space character and even to a find/replace to get rid of them. 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