4 Ways to Tell Which Style is Applied
When using paragraph and character styles in a document, you will frequently need to check or verify which style is applied to which paragraph or characters. You should know the 4 best ways to do this.
1. The Paragraph Styles and Character Styles panels
The obvious method is to click in some text with the Type tool, and look in the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles panel. If a style is applied to the text, the style name will be highlighted in the panel. But have you ever noticed that the name of the style is also displayed at the top of the panel? This is particularly handy when working with a long list of styles, or when the style in use is buried in a Style Group. I like to position my Paragraph Styles and Character Styles panels so that I can view both panels at once. This way I can tell which Paragraph and Character styles are applied with a single click.
2. The Control panel
The Control panel (Window > Control), also displays both the Paragraph and Character styles in use, assuming that there is room on your monitor and that you haven’t turned the display of these controls off using the Customize option found in the Control panel menu.
3. The Story Editor
The often-overlooked Story Editor is a fantastic way to quickly view which paragraph styles are assigned to large amounts of text. Just click inside some text with the Type tool, and choose Edit > Edit in Story Editor. For each paragraph in the current story, you will see the paragraph style applied to the paragraph in a column along the left side. If this column doesn’t appear, choose View > Story Editor > Show Style Name Column. Unfortunately, any character styles applied don’t show up in Story Editor, only paragraph styles. You also can’t tell if a paragraph style has local overrides in Story Editor, since the plus sign doesn’t appear next to the paragraph style name for local overrides.
4. Scripts and plugins
There are various scripts and plugins that attempt to provide a report on which style is applied where. One of the most ambitious is Marc Autret’s Stylighter, which you can read more about here. Also, check out this script from Harbs for displaying text formatting overrides. If you have a script or plugin that you’ve found useful for displaying which style is applied where, let us know in the comments.