Character Styles dialog

The Character Styles dialog allows you to change character styles and create new styles. You can later apply character styles to individual letters or words in different places in your project by choosing them in the text editor.

For example, you can create a custom character style with wide letter spacing for specific words and then apply that character style to selected words. Unlike paragraph styles, character styles do not have to apply to whole text items or paragraphs in text frames.

  • You can open the Character Styles dialog by choosing Library > Character Styles.

Character Styles dialog

The Character Styles dialog contains the following sections and options:

  1. Character styles list

    Contains all the character styles in the project.

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

    • New : Creates a new character style with default settings.

    • New from Selection : Creates a copy of an existing character style that you can edit separately from the original.

    • Save as Default : Saves the selected character style to your user library, allowing you to use it in multiple projects. Appears as for character styles saved as default.

    • Revert to Factory : Removes all your changes to the selected character style, returning it to its saved settings.

    • Delete : Deletes the selected character style.


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

  2. Name

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

  3. Character style options

    Allow you to change parameters of the character style, 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, and change the vertical alignment of characters.

  4. Color options

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