Have you always wished that the quick-apply feature would respect your paragraph style’s Next Style setting?
Have you always wished that there would be an easy shortcut for Next Style?
Well, now there is!
This free script emulates a simple version of Quick Apply, but this time — Next Style settings are respected. Here’s a screenshot:
To use: Like InDesign’s built in Quick Apply feature, simply select one or more paragraphs, and then run the script. (It’s probably best to assign a keyboard shortcut to the script, so that you can easily access it. I’ve chosen CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER (CMD+SHIFT+ENTER on a Mac) because it’s similar to the Quick Apply shortcut. Type the first few letters of the paragraph style you want to apply, or select it from the list. If you want to clear any local overrides, select the checkbox. Then hit Enter. The first paragraph will now have the style you’ve chosen applied to it. The next paragraph (if you selected more than one initially) will have the Next Style applied to it, and so on.
Quick and easy – and much simpler than InDesign’s built-in method, which is to open the paragraph styles palette, right click on it, and select “Apply Paragraph Style, then Next Style, clearing overrides”!
As usual, to install, click on the download link, unzip the file, and place it in your Adobe Scripts folder. (Easiest way to find that folder is to open InDesign, open the scripts palette, right-click on a script, and choose “Reveal in Explorer/Finder”.)
Your feedback in the comments section below is always appreciated. You may not distribute this script, but please feel free to share the link to this page, where the latest version will be available.
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Quick Apply with Next Style works with all versions of InDesign, from CS4 up to the current edition, on Mac and Windows.
JohnAugust 30, 2016 10:30 pm
This works really well.
One thing: after the menu comes up listing all the styles and I type a few characters to get the style name I want, if I hit the down arrow to scroll through the list the cursor jumps two rows down with each hit of the down arrow instead of just one. I see that if I hit the tab to move the focus down to the window below listing all the styles the cursor then moves one style name at a time, acting as it should. It would be nice if you didn’t have to hit the tab to move the focus to the window below in order to get the cursor to move one style name at a time.
A picky thing I know, still a very handy script.
AdminAugust 31, 2016 12:05 am
Not at all picky — this is meant to be a UI enhancement, after all!
Anyway, it’s a Mac-only bug! Works fine on Windows, but on Mac I’m able to reproduce this behaviour. Funny, that.
Hopefully shouldn’t be too tricky to fix!
AdminAugust 31, 2016 12:39 am
Okay, I’ve updated the script, and the Up and Down buttons should now work as expected.
I also added a Cancel button, as the default red button that appears on Windows isn’t there on Mac.
JohnAugust 31, 2016 12:55 am
Beautiful, works like a charm. Thanks so much.
Dave AllenMarch 4, 2017 12:49 am
Thanks for making this. Why this isn’t built in to the core product by now is hard to understand. The obscuring of Next Styles in the UI reminds me of early QuarkXpress. Tested just once so far in InDesign 2017 and seems fine.
andrew ogusJune 27, 2017 10:19 pm
I know I’m technologically challenged, but this script isn’t showing up in the scripts menu whether placed in the Scripts Panel folder or the Scripts folder itself. I closed and reopened InDesign; it’s still not there. I’m about to format a poetry book, so it would be extremely useful!
Nor can I make the Quick Apply work according to the directions listed above, even when right clicking.
I’m using a MAC.
andrew ogusJune 27, 2017 10:27 pm
OK I found the script, but when I click on it nothing happens.