Using Adobe InDesign

What’s the difference between a paragraph style and a character style?

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A paragraph style is a collection of both character and paragraph formatting attributes that may applied to one or more paragraphs.

A character style is a collection of character formatting attributes that may be applied to one or more words within a paragraph.

A paragraph style may therefore contain one or more character styles.

Paragraph styles

  • Font family
  • Font style
  • Font size
  • Leading
  • Spacing
  • Horizontal/vertical scale
  • Alignment
  • Indents
  • Space before/after
  • Tabs
  • Paragraph Colour

Character styles

  • Font family
  • Font style
  • Font size
  • Leading
  • Spacing
  • Horizontal/vertical scale
  • Character Colour

As a general rule, you should have a lot more paragraph styles defined than character styles. Character styles are for the exceptions, paragraph styles are for everything else.

For more information please refer the Adobe help article https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/paragraph-character-styles.html.

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