[Allegory depicting the struggle of the meticulous designer against the + sign in InDesign, by Frédéric ROBIN]

You have an InDesign document with text formatted using styles, but some parts of the text show various attribute overrides or local formatting, highlighted by the plus sign (+) displayed next to the style name. Most overrides are deliberate and must be preserved, but we want to selectively suppress some of them, for example all occurrences of the “underlined ”local formatting overriding a given style sheet in the whole document. Of course it is possible to do a fastidious “Find-replace” based on attributes with repetitive use of the “Clear Overrides” command. But the Ukrainian designer Wadym Martynowski told me about a technique he developed:

Javascript Adobe IllustratorThis InDesign script enables to switch between the three available stroke alignments, while preserving the whole visible dimensions (including stroke) of a frame.


You have to edit a letterhead with a 2-lined address as footer. The updated address is longer and will take 3 lines, but the last (third) line of the new address must be at the same level as the last (second) line from the former address. In that case of course the address should already be in a text frame with bottom-aligned text (Text Frame Options > Vertical Justification > Align > Bottom) but the apprentice who took care of the previous edition had kept the default alignment set to "Top".

You may add manually a guide at the level of the last line, set the alignment to "Bottom" and bring up the frame to align approximately the last line to its former position, before editing the address, or you can use this script that enables to "copy-paste" the baseline (the vertical coordinate) of a selected text:

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You have an image or another graphic that you want to place in a a frame with fixed dimensions and you want to resize the image using an uniform scale which will leave an even margin inside the frame around the image, that is what this script will enable you to achieve with a single click.

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