Not only does InDesign highlight characters that have available alternate glyph characters, but it also allows a user to simply select an alternate from a contextual menu and replace the original.

When a word is selected, a blue underline will appear under any character with an alternate glyph. A contextual menu will appear when hovering the mouse over the underline. With the original character selected in the document, click the glyph in the contextual menu to replace it.

A maximum of five alternate glyphs are displayed for a selected character at a time. If there are additional alternate glyphs, a forward arrow will appear. Clicking the arrow will reveal the other characters. Clicking the arrow when all of the characters are displayed or highlighting the arrow and pressing Return will open the glyphs panel.

And it gets better! Creating fractions from selected text works the same way.

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Note: If you want to keep your hands on the keyboard, with the character selected, hit the down arrow to reveal the contextual menu. Using the right/left arrows, navigate to a glyph, then press Return.

For more information about using alternate glyphs, see Adobe’s Work With Glyphs More Easily tutorial.

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.