InDesign Secrets: Adding diacritics with Dynamic Spelling

Published by | Thursday, June 7th, 2012

In this week’s InDesign Secrets episode, Anne-Marie Concepción reveals a secret for letting InDesign find the right diacritical marks for you, rather than having to track them down in the Glyphs panel (Type > Glyphs). If you select the words or phrases requiring diacritics and then change them to their language of origin, then you can get InDesign to supply the right marks via Dynamic Spelling.

For instance, let’s say I had the phrase in the figure below and wanted to add all the correct diacritics (one diaeresis, one cedilla, and one acute accent mark) to the French words in my sentence. First, I’d need to turn on Dynamic Spelling (Edit > Spelling > Dynamic Spelling), then select the text in question, set the dictionary to French rather than English, and then when I right-click on any word in my paragraph, I can choose the correct spelling with diacritics already applied. Note that because I’ve told InDesign to check the spelling of the second paragraph against the French dictionary, all the English words are marked as misspelled with the red squiggly underline. You can ignore that for the purposes of getting InDesign to give up the glyphs.

In the movie, Anne-Marie also has a tip for tricking InDesign when both the accented and unaccented versions of a word are technically correct.

Meanwhile, Anne-Marie’s partner in InDesign secrecy, David Blatner, has an exclusive movie for members of lynda.com this week on how to use a single celled table to apply custom formatting. If you want to see more table tricks in InDesign, you can check out Diane Burn’s entire course on InDesign tables.

David and Anne-Marie will be back in two weeks with more InDesign Secrets.

Interested in more?
• The entire InDesign Secrets bi-weekly series
• Courses by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion on lynda.com
• All lynda.com InDesign courses

Suggested courses to watch next:
• InDesign CS6 New Features
 InDesign CS6 Essential Training
InDesign Tables in Depth

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One Response to “InDesign Secrets: Adding diacritics with Dynamic Spelling”

  1. Gérard Mercure says:

    Thank you for the trick! I will use it.

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