How to Import text from Microsoft Word into Adobe InDesign
Hi there in this video, we're going to look at bringing in type from word or an email or look at typing it in yourself in in design. And we're just going to put in a little bit of text here for our little flyer. So you ready? Let's go and do it. Okay. To add text by yourself, grab the type tools, this capital T here and all you need to do is click hold and drag out a box now. Like we do with the images. If I start kind of dragging over the top of boxes that I've already made some weird star stuff happening. So I click in here, you can see it's kind of fused this box with that box and it's kind of a bit weird. It's weird in design quirk Anyway, so what I'm going to do is have nothing selected. So click on the background, grab my type tool and what I'm going to do is click hold and drag a box over here on the side. Okay? If you need more rooms, these little sliders okay, We can just move across down the bottom here and we can start diving Okay? No, if you can spell helps. Okay? But if I ...
start typing over here, obviously I can put in anything I like, I can grab my black arrow to resize the box to the size that needs to be okay. And what I'm gonna do is import some text, I'm going to use this text box. Okay? I'm going to use my black arrow. Just move it over here. And what I'm gonna do is select all this type. Okay with my type tool. Okay. Which is the capital T. Just delete it all and I'm going to import some text. There's two ways of doing it. You could do just caveman style would work perfectly. Okay. I'm going to jump to word actually. Let's open the word document. So it's part of your exercise files. So find your exercise files. Okay. Here's mine on my desktop. I've downloaded it under no one flyer. There's one in here called flyer text. I'm gonna double click and open it. Okay. I'm going to copy all this text so I selected it all. Go to edit copy. If you're on a pc, it's slightly different. There's a copy button in the corner or control C. Okay. So whatever you do select it, copy it and jump back into in design. Okay. And in here I'm going to paste it. Okay. You can totally do it that way. Okay and often that's what I do. You might be copying from an email or from from anything. Okay. And what you can do though to be a bit more official and to get a few more options in that copy is I'm going to delete it all, have my cursor flashing in here and I'm going to go to file. I'm going to go to place. Okay. And I've got some text. Okay. So I found my 01 flyer. There's the flyer text. So it just kind of goes around using word. Okay, so open and you can see it's dumped it in there. Now the difference between the two is very little and what we're doing, but what you can do and what we'll do later on in my or more advanced sections is if we go to file and we go to place, this is an option here that says options and it says show import options. It means when I bring in my Word document I get to keep some of the styles that might be in there. Maybe there's a table of contents that sort of stuff. I'm going to turn that off and hide that for the moment but it doesn't really matter how you bring in text as long as we've got some text now with my black arrow, I'm going to drag this box and I'm going to make the box so it kind of fits in here appropriately. Okay, within my margins kind of under the logo here and what I want to do is I'm gonna use my type tool. Now you notice I don't jump to the type tool, I just kind of double click inside the box and it automatically jumps to the type tool that's kind of up to you. So I'm going to select it all and I'm going to do some basic type stuff now. Okay, so if you're happy with formatting type, you might want to skip along, we're going to do some of the basics. Okay, so we're gonna pick a font, we're just going to pick a real because I know everyone's got Ariel, you gotta be able to spell area. I'll use aerial bold for bits of it. Okay. I'm going to select all again and along the top here. You've got these two options. Okay. Now you might be happy with bold and sizes and stuff but you'll notice that these two here have very different kind of settings and we need a lot of them. Okay, so I can see on my I'm on its character and paragraph is the actual names of these. So character has my basic character stuff. Okay. And you can see all the way down here. There's some paragraphs. So that's only because my screen is very large. If you've got a smaller laptop, you might not be able to see any of these. You're gonna have to jump to paragraph and you can see there they are. Okay, So you might have to toggle between these two. So I want to go to the one that says align center. Okay. I'm going to highlight this top it and I'm going to make it my colors over here. I'm going to select the I'm not gonna use dark green at all. I'm actually just going to use white. So which is paper over here. Okay. Selected tapes, piper, I'm going to go back to character. I'm going to make it all caps. Okay, so I'm going to capitalize it all In terms of the font size. I'm going to pick a font size. What font size? I don't know. I'm going to go to about there. Okay, so 22 point. Okay, go back to my black arrow, click in the background. It's maybe a little bit close to this in my black arrow. Come down a little bit a couple things I want to do is I'm going to select this, make it a little bigger. Okay. And I'm gonna use my green. Okay. So I'm gonna use the mid green, this last kind of U. R. L. Here. I'm going to select it all make it. I'm gonna leave it the same size. We're gonna use the dark green. Alright, Black arrow click out. And that my friends is the basics of importing text. You can either just draw a text box copy and paste it into it or you can go to file place up to you and we're not going to go through everything like with this font selected here. I'm not going to go through what does subscript and tracking. We'll look at some of the more advanced ones a little bit later on. But there are the basics in here and everyone knows what writer line is and left the line. If you're not sure on some of them experiment. We will go through more and more as we get through this course but for the moment now we've got our font, we've got our text and we've got some images. Let's get on to our next video.