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Style Sheets

Speed Formatting with Style Sheets

A style sheet is a named package of text-formatting settings. With style sheets, you can format entire QuarkXPress® layouts in minutes, then change that formatting throughout in a single operation.

Paragraph style sheets define how a paragraph is formatted, including settings for line spacing, indents, space before and after, and so forth. Character style sheets define how text is formatted, including settings for font, size, color, typestyle, and so forth. All of the style sheets for a layout display in a palette for easy access.

One of the main advantages of style sheets is speed. To apply a style sheet to text, you just click its name in the Style Sheets palette. You can also create custom keyboard shortcuts for applying style sheets.

Style sheets are also indispensable when it comes to changes. If you decide to change the point size of all of the body text in a document, you can do it automatically by simply changing the point size in the style sheet.

Style sheets can also help you to maintain consistency, both within a layout and within a workgroup. To make sure everyone is using the same style sheet definitions, you can store a group’s style sheets in a Job Jackets file, and have everyone link to that file.

Do you use styles in Microsoft® Word? No problem — you can import and export them in QuarkXPress.

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