Creating Custom Cross-References: Video
Using InDesign’s cross-reference feature is a smart move. Instead of you having to manually check that all your references (“See chart on page 3”) are accurate as the document is edited, and update them by hand, you leave that up to InDesign’s computer brain.
Yet, I’ve found many users who would benefit from automatic x-refs in InDesign continue to create these by hand, mainly because a) The New Cross-Reference dialog box has a couple of hidden traps that can ruin things from the start, if you don’t know how to avoid them; and b) they find that none of the default Cross Reference Formats are useful to them (“Full Paragraph” x-refs can get a little long, you know?).
I reveal the traps and their workarounds, and show you how easy it is to customize x-ref formats for your publication in this just-released video from our InDesign Secret series at lynda.com:
A friendly heads-up: the video is kind of long (14 minutes) and I probably should have split it into two or three segments. But once I got going I just couldn’t stop with the tips and workarounds! Note that if you’re already used to creating and updating cross-references, you can fast-forward to about 5:40, where I get into customizing the default x-ref formats.
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