April 26, 2010 / InDesign / Spring 2010

In Step with InDesign: Copy that with the Eyedropper tool

Written by Idea File Staff

The Eyedropper tool is more versatile than you think. Use it to copy type attributes such as character, paragraph, fill and stroke settings, and then apply those attributes to other type.

1. With the Eyedropper tool, click the text that is formatted with the styles you want to copy. The eyedropper pointer reverses direction and appears full to indicate that it is loaded with the attributes you copied. When the eyedropper pointer is positioned over text, an I-beam appears next to the loaded eyedropper. Note that the text can be copied from within the same InDesign document or from another open InDesign document.

Eyedropper step 1

2. With the Eyedropper tool, select the text you want to change.

Eyedropper step 2

3. The selected text takes on the attributes loaded in the eyedropper. As long as the Eyedropper tool is selected, you can continue to select text to apply attributes throughout your document.

Eyedropper step 3

4. To deselect the Eyedropper tool, click another tool or go to your Tools palette and deselect it. If you use the Eyedropper tool to copy a paragraph style from text in one document to text in another document, and the paragraph style has the same name but different sets of attributes, any style differences will become local overrides.

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