Adobe InDesign - Create Short Text Macros With Autocorrect (CS2)
InDesign is much more user-friendly when it comes to typing text--thanks to the Story Editor--but you might wish for a text macro feature whenever you have to type commonly used words or phrases over and over again. You won't find this sort of feature in InDesign, but there's a sneaky way you can get the Autocorrect feature to perform similarly to a macro. Say, for example, that you have to frequently type the text Adobe InDesign. You can edit your User dictionary in such a way that InDesign inserts the phrase for you.
To create a pseudo text macro:
- Launch InDesign and choose InDesign > Preferences > Autocorrect (Edit > Preferences > Autocorrect in Windows)
- Select the Enable Autocorrect check box, shown
- Click the Add button located at the bottom of the Preferences dialog box
- Enter a couple of letters that you normally wouldn't type in the Misspelled Word text box
- Enter the correct phrase, such as Adobe InDesign, in the Correction text box
- Click OK to close the Add To Autocorrect List dialog box, and then click OK to close the Preferences dialog box
- Type the letters you added to the Misspelled Word list in your document, press the [spacebar], and then watch InDesign insert the correct words much more quickly than you could've typed them!