InDesign is one of the most powerful design tools any designer could have—and I use it a lot.
Every time I open InDesign, I typically start designing with the same font, style, size, leading, and kerning. I used to set these same specs every time I created a new document in InDesign, but not anymore.
In the back of my mind, I knew that there was a way to set the default font, but just never looked it up; not until a colleague of mine recently asked me if this was possible. I looked it up, and found the answer.
Here’s how to set the default font in InDesign:
- Open InDesign.
- Close any open documents. This is extremely important!
- Open the “Character” palette (Window > Type & Tables > Character).
- Select a new font family, font style, size, leading, and kerning.
That’s it. Literally!
To test this, create a new document in InDesign. Draw a text box, and type whatever text into it to see if the text that you type follows the font and other specs you specified in the steps above.
If you’re not convinced that this worked (even though the text that you typed is based on the correct font that you specified), close the test document (without saving), and quit InDesign (close InDesign if your on a Windows machine). Reopen InDesign, and create a new document. Draw a text box, and type whatever text to see if the font and specs match your specified criteria in the steps above. If so, then success! If not, then start over with step #1 above, following each step closely.
I always enjoy finding ways to save time, even if this means saving 10 seconds each time I create a new document, I figure that if I create 30 new documents a week, that’s a savings of 300 seconds (5 minutes) each week. That’s 20 minutes a month, and 4 hours (half a day) a year!