The Next Style command invokes another paragraph style when you type a return at the end of a styled paragraph. A paragraph return signifies the end of one style and the beginning of the next one. Defining the next style while creating paragraph styles can cut down on the repetitive and time-consuming task of manually applying paragraph styles.

Set a Next Paragraph Style

  1. Create a new paragraph style by choosing New Paragraph Style from the Paragraph Styles panel menu.
  2. Under the General category in the New Paragraph Style dialog, choose what the Next Style should be from the Next Style drop-down list in the dialog.

The chosen style will be applied to the next paragraph when a paragraph return is entered in the text. The Next Style command can also be applied to selected text, enabling many paragraphs to be formatted with one click.

Apply the Next Style Command to Multiple Paragraphs

  1. Highlight the text to be styled.
  2. Position the cursor over the name of the paragraph style to be applied to the first paragraph.
  3. CTL-click (or right-click) on the style name to reveal a contextual menu.
  4. Choose Apply [Style Name] then Next Style to style the text according to the Next Style controls.

Note: As seen below, there are additional options in the contextual menu that offer more formatting options when applying Next Style to multiple paragraphs.

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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.