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Good to know – Typographic presets in InDesign CC 2018

Tastes are different, so also with the default settings of a software. The already preset functions are not for everyone. We took a closer look at Adobe InDesign’s typographic presets for 2018 and give tips on how to best configure the software to be well-prepared typographically.

And who did not know it yet: All presettings, which are made with opened document, apply to this document. All presets that are made when no document is open apply to future newly created documents.


If you frequently work in the same basic typeface or would like to start a new font in any new document for other reasons, you can do so by clicking on the text tool without opening a document and then selecting the desired font in the “Control” palette. All new documents are now automatically started with the selected font.

Typographic quotation marks

Of course, the typographically good sound includes correct quotation marks, namely the 99 below and the 66 above. To be generated automatically in InDesign, you have to select them in the preferences. This happens in the Input category with the Use Typographic Quotes command.

Line spacing for paragraphs

Basically, this command is disabled; whether active or not active is a bit of a matter of taste. If “Apply line spacing to entire paragraphs” is activated, a line spacing is always valid for an entire paragraph. In this way, it can be avoided that, for example, inserting text leaves a line in a paragraph a different distance. However, if you do this more often to generate distances, should leave the function disabled.

Avoid double interword spaces

Also in the category “Inputs” we find the command “Automatically adjust distance when cutting and pasting words”. Cutting and pasting words quickly creates double interword spaces that you want to avoid. With an active command, InDesign automatically prevents them.

One line changes everything

Perhaps you know the phenomenon: you change a separation at the end of a paragraph, and seventeen lines further up, automatically different line runs and separations also change – and quite unasked. With the Adobe Paragraph Composer, InDesign offers the ability for the software to “think along,” optimizing reordering and separations automatically, and at a batch rate. However, what is optimal for InDesign does not have to be optimal for the user. You can either turn this paragraph setter off in Paragraph format, or disable it altogether by selecting the Adobe Single-Line Composer in Preferences in the Advanced Input category.

Superscript and subscript

If you need to raise or lower a character and not be able to draw from the OpenType range, you must let InDesign do the scaling and moving of the characters. To do this, you usually click on the corresponding icon in the “Control” palette. How much InDesign scales and moves, you can define in the preferences. The “Extended Input” category contains the character settings in which you enter the desired percentage values.


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Manuela Richter

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