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Many fonts include hundreds or even thousands of glyphs, ranging from multiple versions of individual letters to typographically correct fractions, special ornaments, and more. How-ever, until the release of Adobe InDesign, designers had no way to ac-cess all of these glyphs, except by in-vesting in expert versions of fonts.
Even then, expert fonts typically made only a portion of a font’s glyphs avail-able. With InDesign, you have access to every glyph in every font through the easy-to-use Insert Character dialog box (Figure 8: Most Wanted).
All those hard-to-find characters, herded together in one neat dialog box and also in a pop-up menu. At last!To quickly add one, you can right-click on the text and choose Insert Character.
The Find/Change com-mand contains a production treasure trove. The abil-ity to search for and change almost any char-acter- or paragraph-level formatting sets InDesign really apart (Figure 9: Lost).
InDesign's powerful search and replace feature looks for anything, including special characters, formatting styles, and even fonts.
You can change any character or para-graph style. Or you can search and replace a par-ticular font used. You can quickly search and replace special charac-ters and typographical elements, such as em (-) dashes or discre-tionary hyphens.
Any object, including rectangles, ovals, polygons, hand-drawn bezier shapes, and converted text, can be a text frame (Figure 10: Nest of Words).
Even text shapes can become frames embedding text and graphics in turn. Notice the adjusted clipping-path around the guitar.
You can even paste a frame within a frame within a frame, creating nested frames that go many layers deep and produce vivid and unusual design re-sults.
The most powerful aspect of nested frames is that you retain com-plete control over them-you can sub-select nested frames and move, resize, rotate, shear, and otherwise manipulate them to get the precise look you want, instantly. In InDesign, text frames are highly flexible: Let’s say you create separate text frames and then change your mind and want to link them to-gether.

It’s a simple process with InDesign.

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