See InDesign’s Hidden Characters Together
I like working with hidden characters visible in InDesign, but I only recognize a few of them. They make a bit more sense when viewed next to each other (sort of). I’m bolding the ones I use a lot or I think is neat.
- Discretionary Hyphen – Automatically adds a hyphen at this location if necessary
- Tab – Tabs text over to tab location.
- Right Indent Tab – Tabs text over to the right indent. Kinda like right justifying the text.
- End Nested Style Here – When using Nested Styles, tells InDesign to stop applying a nested character style.
- Non-Joiner – Tells inDesign not to join 2 characters like a ligature.
- Space – A flexible width space
- Em Space – Width equal to the size of the type. About the width of an M.
- En Space – 1/2 of em
- Nonbreaking Space – Line won’t break where there is a nbsp.
- Nonbreaking Space (Fixed Width) – Width is fixed even if text is justified.
- Hair Space – 1/24 of em
- Sixth Space – 1/6 of em
- Thin Space – 1/8 of em (use on sides of em-en dashes)
- Quarter Space – 1/4 of em
- Third Space – 1/3 of em
- Punctuation Space – Same width as punctuation ( ! . : )
- Figure Space – Same width as a number (use to align numbers)
- Flush Space – Variable space used to justify last line in fully justified paragraph
- Column Break – Breaks following text to next column
- Frame Break – Breaks text to next frame
- Page Break – Breaks text to next page
- Odd Page Break – Breaks to threaded text frame on next odd page
- Even Page Break – Breaks to next even page
- Paragraph Return – Starts a new paragraph
- Forced Line Break – Manually break a line
- Discretionary Line Break – Tells Indesign this location is the first choice to break the line.