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Page Layout: Adobe InDesign (Due Date: March 26)

Part 4: Styles and Formatting

  1. Navigate to this page and copy the history of the Twinky.
  2. Create a new word document and paste the history of the Twinky into it.
  3. Save this document as Twinky History.
  4. Like you did with the cupcake history, in InDesign, “place” the Twinky history document into your InDesign document. When you go to place your Twinky history, be sure to draw your box (the size does not really matter at this point – you will correct it in the next step)
  5. Be sure that the Twinky History box’s dimensions and X/Y location are consistent with this: This will place the Twinky History box exactly where we want it.

    At this point, our fonts should not be correct. The Cupcake History font is larger than the Twinky history font. And, besides, I have changed my mind regarding the type of font I want to use. I’ve decided that “Ariel” would look better. 

  1. Make sure that your Twinky History box is selected.
  2. Select “[Basic Paragraph}” from the Paragraph Styles box
  3. Select the Cupcake text box and select [Basic Paragraph] from the Paragraph Styles box (this will eliminate any formatting that either we did on the text or that Microsoft Word did to the text.
  4. Under Window, select “Styles’ and then “Paragraph Styles” 
  5. Click on the button that allows you to Create a New Style 
  6. A new style will be displayed, titled “Paragraph Style 1.” Double click on the text of “Paragraph Style 1” and in the dialogue box that pops up, change the style name to to “History Paragraphs.”


  7. While the dialogue box is still open, click on the “Basic Character Formats” on the left hand sidebar and: 
    • Change the Font Family to Ariel
    • Change the size to “12”


      Notice how the font in the Twinky History box has changed. It is no longer what it originally was. But, it’s smaller than the Cupcake History font. We need to make both these paragraphs the same.


  1. Open up the History Paragraph style again by double clicking on it.
  2. Under “Basic Character Formats,” change the font size to 12.5 pt
  3. Click OK. This changed our font in the Twinky History box.
  4. Click on the Cupcake history text box and then select “History Paragraph” from the Paragraph styles. This will change the text so that it is the same font family and size that is in the Twinky History box. 

    Your document should appear like this:

What would be nice is some headers to identify our stories. One story is about the history of Cupcakes and the other story is the history of the Twinky. Without any way to help the reader understand where they are at on a page, they can get lost. So, we need column headers.

  1. In the Paragraph Styles panel, create a new style (Take notice that every time a new style is created, InDesign labels it as “Paragraph Style 1”)
  2. Title the new style as “Colum Header Style”
  3. Change the font family to “Ariel”
  4. Change the font style to “Black”
  5. Change the font size to “24pt”
  6. Create a text box and type “Twinky History” in the box. If need be, apply the Colum Header Style.


    Your document should appear like this:


    Save your document.

 It appears that we don’t’ have quite enough space to insert a “Cupcake History” column header for the top story that we’ve placed into our document. There’s no worry here. We can simply move things around in order to accommodate it. For this, we’ll use a “Guides” in order to help us relocate things.

  1. Create a new layer and label it as “Guides” and position it underneath the “Graphics” layer.
  2. There are two rulers that are attached to our document. One is at the top of the page and the other runs down the left side of the page. Click on the white ruler at the top of the page and drag a guide to 165 pt
  3. Lock the Guides layer 
  4. Select everything in the document (except for the “Adobe InDesign” text box and drag everything so that the top of the Cupcake History box meets our guide.
  5. Copy the Twinky History column header and then use the “Paste in Place” command under Edit on the Menu Bar.
  6. Move the pasted Twinky History column header so that it now rests on top of the Cupcake History text box.
  7. Double click on the Twinky History text and change it to “Cupcake History.

Your document should now look like this:

Save your document