InDesign Eyedropper Tool Tips


Senior Member
Sep 27, 2006
Sometimes it’s the little tools that we overlook when working in a particular software all day, every day. For me, I find I often forget about the Eyedropper tool in InDesign. I’d like to blame it on the fact it was buried beneath the Color Theme tool in a recent update, but I was neglecting it long before that. It makes easy work of the task of picking up attributes from one item and applying it to another. In a majority of situations, I recommend using text and object styles for consistency, but sometimes the immediacy and speed of the Eyedropper tool is just what your workflow requires. First off, set the Eyedropper tool’s options by double-clicking it in the Tools panel. As previously mentioned, it’s under the Color Theme tool, so Option/Alt-click that tool to access the Eyedropper. Check all the boxes to enable sampling of all characteristics. Click the disclosure triangle next to Stroke, Fill, Character, Paragraph, or Object to select/deselect individual attributes in that category. Attributes sampled in one document can be applied to items in another document. Working with text: Select text that you want to apply formatting to, then use the Eyedropper tool to sample [...]
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