Paragraph Styles dialog

The Paragraph Styles dialog allows you to change paragraph styles for text and create new styles. You can later use different paragraph styles in different places in your project by choosing them in the text editor.

For example, you can customize the paragraph style for layout names and then apply your layout name paragraph style to every text frame in which you show layout names. This allows you to keep the presentation of different types consistent across your project.

  • You can open the Paragraph Styles dialog in Engrave mode by choosing Engrave > Paragraph Styles.

Figure: Paragraph Styles dialog

The Paragraph Styles dialog contains the following sections and options:

  1. Paragraph styles list

    Contains all the paragraph styles in the project. If you had text items selected when you opened the dialog, the corresponding paragraph style of the first selected item is selected in the paragraph styles list by default.

    The action bar at the bottom of the list contains the following options:

    • New

      Allows you to create a new paragraph style with default values.

    • New from Selection

      Creates a new style based on the selected one. Initially no values are overridden but you can change options for your new style.

    • Save as Default

      Copies the selected style to your library so that it is available in other projects.

    • Revert to Factory

      Removes all your changes to the selected predefined paragraph styles, reverting them to the default factory settings.

    • Delete

      Deletes the selected style.


      You cannot delete predefined paragraph styles or any paragraph style that is currently used in your project.

  2. Name

    Allows you to enter a name for new paragraph styles or edit the name of existing paragraph styles.

  3. Parent

    Allows you to choose a parent paragraph style from which the selected paragraph style inherits settings.

  4. Font appearance options

    Allow you to change parameters of the appearance of the paragraph style font, such as changing the font, making the font bold, changing the size of the font, and changing the letter or word spacing. You can also make the font in paragraph styles appear underlined or overlined.

  5. Paragraph layout options

    Allow you to change the layout of the paragraph style, such as indenting the first line in each paragraph and changing the alignment of text.

  6. Color options

    Allow you to change the foreground and background colors of the paragraph style.