An Unexpected Use for the Hyperlinks Panel
The other day I was working on some chapters for a book I was typesetting, when I discovered a helpful trick in the Hyperlinks Panel. The chapter was 27 pages of all text that had been pre-styled (properly, with Paragraph and Character styles), except that I noticed a lot of missing spaces between sentences—one sentence would be followed immediately by the beginning of the next. “Crud!”
As I was thinking about the trip I would need to make to the “Find/Change” dialog box (searching for a period followed by “Any Letter”), I remembered that there were a few hyperlinks that I had to make active in the References section, so I opened the Hyperlinks Panel and ran the “Convert URLs to Hyperlinks” command. Imagine my surprise when InDesign found not the three hyperlinks I knew were in the References, but 25!
Upon closer inspection, I saw that InDesign had found all the instances of two sentences that were not separated by a space. Well, at least those where the first sentence ended with a period. To fix any that might have ended with a question mark, I was going to have to use Find/Change. But for the others, I could click on the page number listed in the Hyperlinks Panel and quickly jump to the offending sentences and insert a space. Then it was just a matter of selecting all these non-hyperlinks in the Panel and dragging them to the trash.
This also demonstrates one of the ways the “Convert URLs to Hyperlinks” command works: by looking for text separated only by a period (as in a URL). Should you find yourself in a similar predicament, using the “Convert URLs to Hyperlinks” command in the Hyperlinks Panel will quickly show you where you need to add some space!