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Styling Text

InDesign also lets you apply electronic styling such as All Caps, Small Caps, Subscript, and Superscript. (See page 65 for a discussion about electronic styling.)

To apply electronic styles:

  • Choose one of the styles listed in the Character palette menu 28.gif. The text changes to the style chosen 29.gif.



    • All Caps converts lowercase letters to all capital letters.
    • Small Caps converts lowercase letters to reduced capitals.
    • Superscript reduces and raises the text above the baseline.
    • Subscript reduces and lowers the text below the baseline.
    • Underline draws a line under the text. (See the next page for how to customize the appearance of the underline.)
    • Strikethrough draws a line through the text. (See the next page for how to customize the appearance of the strikethrough line.)
    • Ligatures automatically substitutes the combined letterforms for characters such as fi and fl 30.gif.


As mentioned on the previous page, you can change the appearance of the Underline and Strikethrough effects.

To customize Underline and Strikethrough Options:

  1. Select the text.
  2. Choose Underline Options or Strike-through Options from the Character palette menu. The Underline Options or Strikethrough Options dialog box appears 31.gif.


  3. Click Underline On or Strikethrough On to turn on the effect.
  4. Use the Weight controls to set the thickness of the line.
  5. Use the Offset controls to move the line as follows:
    • Positive underline numbers move the line below the baseline.
    • Positive strikethrough numbers move the line above the baseline.
  6. Choose one of the rules from the Type list (see page 157 for working with rules).
  7. Choose a color and tint from the Color and Tint lists.
  8. If your line type has a gap, such as in a dashed line, use the Gap Color and Gap Tint lists to color the gap.
  9. If desired, check the Overprint Stroke and Overprint Gap options. (See page 145 for more information on overprinting colors.)


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