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I was redesigning my resume to make it more attractive, and decided to do the job in InDesign (CS2), since it offered greater control and finesse. Almost immediately upon completing my masterpiece, I started kicking myself. As anyone who does the online job boards knows, MS Word is the de-facto format of choice, and I really had to reformat the entire thing for Word if I wasn't going to upset all the Hiring Managers with PDFs.

So I fired up Word (2004) and was about to begin recreating the entire layout there when ... I tried it. I switched back and copied my resume from InDesign. Switched back to Word. Hit Command-V to paste the clipboard. Holy Toledo, Batman. It was all there: font choices (including styles), justifications, tabs and margins, hanging indents with tabs in place. When I tell you it came in perfectly, I mean perfectly. Even the line breaks were the same!

The only thing that didn't transfer perfectly was the rules under and over that I'd placed on my section headers, but only because the stroke widths weren't correct (I think they defaulted to a 1pt rule.)

But check this out: take a trip over to the Styles Palette and they're all there. Every style that I'd specified in InDesign -- both Paragraph as well as Character styles -- transfered over to Word (including some extras that Word must have read as styles, but no harm done.) I simply fixed the Word style for my section headers to the proper stroke widths and, voila!, instant transfer.

For all of you InDesign jockeys who would prefer to use its tools to create more advanced PDFs, but still may need a Word version of your document, I humbly submit this hint. Bon Appetit!

[robg adds: I don't have InDesign, so this one is untested.]
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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: mmn on Sep 27, '06 10:38:49AM

Works with FreeHand MX, too..



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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: grossman on Sep 27, '06 11:55:51AM

But it won't work if you've divided everything up into text boxes, right? Not so easily, at least.

Still a VERY cool hint.



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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: dashard on Sep 27, '06 11:34:44PM

If you've divvied up your ID doc into boxes it becomes trickier, BUT you can create text boxes in Word and paste into *them,* and the styles and formatting follow as described initially.

I really love this ability.



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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: rjrober on Sep 27, '06 12:05:24PM

The export command for a story does this too. It's a great way to export new style settings back to the linked Word documents, if you overwrite the original file.



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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: dashard on Sep 28, '06 04:14:05AM

Yes! Very cool! Exporting as RTF (place your cursor inside the story and choose File>>Export...) on my Mac defaults to a Word doc (as Word is my default RTF reader). Double-click the RTF and it's all there as advertised. Nice alternative!



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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: silverdr on Sep 27, '06 12:53:42PM
The hint is in fact a good one. I just couldn't refrain from commenting on

I really had to reformat the entire thing for Word if I wasn't going to upset all the Hiring Managers with PDFs

There really are Hiring Managers which get upset after receiving Word files rather than PDFs. I personally know a couple of those. Other than that - thanks for the hint. Might come in handy on some occasions, even if not related to CVs.

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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: dashard on Sep 27, '06 11:18:19PM

I would think that I, if a hiring manager, would prefer the cleanness of a PDF, but what do I know? From what I understood it was related to being able to (in days of yore) index the Word docs more readily than PDFs.

Who knows.



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Are you sure?
Authored by: benjancewicz on Oct 30, '07 02:14:48PM

Are you sure this works? I just tried it and nothing happened.

Were there any graphics or links in your file, or were you just copying the text?

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Create perfect Word documents from InDesign
Authored by: mal0rd on Mar 04, '10 08:21:08AM

If I copy and paste into Pages, it just becomes one big embedded PDF.



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