Create new Swatch “On the Fly”


Creating new Paragraph/Character Style “On the Fly”, setting font, size, tabs, paragraph rules, and everything is great, and when you want to assign color, you see that you didn’t setup color swatch! 😐 You close style dialog, add new swatch, and then come back to style and assign color.

Well, that’s completely WRONG! 😀

I think you already figured it out from screenshot 😀 You can simply double-click on color sample square, and New Color Swatch dialog appears, and you can instantly create new color! So easy, and this is available way back from CS2 version of InDesign! Unfortunately, there is no way to create new swatch this way while creating Table styles.

Also, there is no direct way to create new swatch while editing Underline, Strikethrough, Paragraph Rules options, but there is nice and easy workaround! 🙂 Simply, while creating style, create new swatch like described, and new swatch will also appear in ie. Underline dropdown list.


And at the end, there is also shortcut for removing assigned color while creating Character Style. Simply Ctrl (Cmd) + Click on selected swatch to switch it back to Question mark (unassigned).

That’s it! 😀

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About Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

Husband, Father, Graphic Designer from Subotica [Serbia]. Also Adobe IDUG Chapter Representative, JS, AS3, Flex developer. InDesign Script/Panel developer. My everyday work includes working with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDRAW. I recently started to write scripts to speedup my work with InDesign. View all posts by Marijan Tompa (tomaxxi)

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