Working with paragraph styles in InDesign

Whenever you download text off the Collaborate text editor in an article, the text is automatically tagged with Collaborate’s paragraph styles.

For InDesign CC2014 and up

Here is an example of how a publication layout looks in InDesign when downloading content to a page via the extension. (As mentioned earlier, if nonsupported files are part of the article, they will not be imported into InDesign automatically, but can be found in the file system in the path set in Preferences.)

If Strip Formatting on Import is not checked, then InDesign will create new paragraph styles to match the imported text.

From the text editor in Collaborate, the following paragraph styles will be imported, if they are used in the article text:

  • issuu paragraph
  • issuu heading 1
  • issuu heading 2
  • issuu heading 3
  • issuu heading 4

From Microsoft Word, the following styles will be imported:

  • Normal
  • Heading 1
  • Heading 2
  • Heading 3
  • List paragraph


There are two methods you can use when importing text.

1. Create your own styles with matching names.

If you name your own paragraph styles in InDesign with the Collaborate names, the imported text will “map” to these automatically when downloading content via the extension.

2. Create your own styles with non-matching names

If you create your own names, you can somewhat easily “map” the imported Collaborate names to your own using this workflow: Under the Type menu, select Paragraph Styles so you can manage your styles.

You are free to edit these paragraph styles, and the changes will be applied to all texts downloaded from Collaborate.

Note that these paragraph styles are only available for texts written in the Collaborate editor. For example, if a Word document is uploaded to an article, the styles will not be applied.



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