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How to Edit Text in InDesign

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Have you been wondering how to edit existing text in InDesign? In this quick tip tutorial, I will be showing you how to select and edit text in InDesign in a few quick and easy steps.

What You'll Learn in This Tutorial on How to Edit Text in InDesign

  • How to select a text box in InDesign
  • How to edit a text box in InDesign
  • How to edit text in InDesign

1. How to Select a Text Box in InDesign

To select a text box, simply hover the Selection Tool over the text, and click on it. A bounding box should now appear around the text to show it has been selected.

A white page with sections of black text. One of the text boxes is selected and contained within a bounding box.A white page with sections of black text. One of the text boxes is selected and contained within a bounding box.A white page with sections of black text. One of the text boxes is selected and contained within a bounding box.
I'm using this letterhead template from Envato Elements.

2. How to Edit a Text Box in InDesign

Step 1

Before editing the text, you will need to make sure you have the Workspace set to Typography to ensure all of the menu settings are visible.

To do this, find the Workspace menu in the top-right corner of the screen and click on it to open up the menu.

the Workspace selection button is shownthe Workspace selection button is shownthe Workspace selection button is shown

Click on the Typography option to switch to this Workspace.

'Typography' is selected within a drop down menu'Typography' is selected within a drop down menu'Typography' is selected within a drop down menu

Step 2

You should now see the full menu appear on the right side of the screen. There are a range of settings you can edit here, but in this tutorial we are going to select the Character option.

A large menu is shown to the right of the screen, 'Character' is selected.A large menu is shown to the right of the screen, 'Character' is selected.A large menu is shown to the right of the screen, 'Character' is selected.

Step 3

You can edit a variety of text settings within this menu; here I've changed the style of the font to Italic. Any text within the selected bounding box will have the changes applied to it.

The 'italic' font option is selected.The 'italic' font option is selected.The 'italic' font option is selected.

3. How to Edit Text in InDesign

Step 1

You can also edit specific sections of text within a text box. To do this, place your cursor at the end of the section you would like to edit by double-clicking within the text box.

The curser is shown at the end of a paragraph of text.The curser is shown at the end of a paragraph of text.The curser is shown at the end of a paragraph of text.

Step 2

Click, hold, and drag over the text you would like to select. Your selected text should now be highlighted in black.

Here, I set the text style to Regular. As you can see in the image below, only the highlighted text has this change applied.

A paragraph of text is selected and the 'regular' font option is selected. The selected part of text is regular and the rest of the text is in italics.A paragraph of text is selected and the 'regular' font option is selected. The selected part of text is regular and the rest of the text is in italics.A paragraph of text is selected and the 'regular' font option is selected. The selected part of text is regular and the rest of the text is in italics.

Now We're Finished!

Now you know how to select a text box in InDesign, how to edit a template in InDesign, and how to edit text in InDesign. Thank you for following this tutorial with me, and I hope you enjoyed learning more about this cool software.

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