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Adobe® InDesign® CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts by Michael Murphy

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Chapter 4. Auto-styling Imported Word and Excel Files

WHATEVER YOUR FEELINGS MAY BE about Microsoft and its Office products, there’s one fact that can’t be avoided: They’re everywhere. It is nearly impossible to work collaboratively with writers, editors, and clients without having to work with, at the very least, content provided as Word and Excel documents.

Fortunately, InDesign works with the Word and Excel formats quite well, and it includes tools specifically geared toward maximizing compatibility between its features and theirs. Two InDesign dialogs—Microsoft Word Import Options and Microsoft Excel Import Options—are tailor-made for working with these Microsoft applications. With them you can peer into aspects of the incoming file, ignore ...

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