Export Text Files from InDesign Creative Suite 5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

From within Adobe InDesign CS5, you can extract text from an InDesign document so that it can be edited or used elsewhere. The text formats vary slightly depending on the text in your document.

To export text, follow these steps:

1Select the Text tool from the toolbox.

Select some text within a text frame in your document or place the cursor within a text frame where you want to export all the text. The cursor must be in a text frame in order to export text.

2Choose File→Export.

The Export dialog box opens.

3Enter a filename for the new Text file and click Save.

Type a filename, locate the spot where you want to save the file on your hard drive, and select Text Only from the Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac) drop-down list.

The Text Export Options dialog box opens.

4Choose a platform and encoding for the export.

Select either PC or Macintosh from the Platform drop-down list to set the PC or Mac operating system compatibility. Select an encoding method for the platform you choose from the Encoding drop-down list; you can choose either Default Platform or Unicode.

The universal character-encoding standard Unicode is compatible with major operating systems. Encoding, which refers to how characters are represented in a digital format, is essentially a set of rules that determines how the character set is represented by associating each character with a particular code sequence.

5Click the Export button.

The file is exported and saved to the location you specified in the third step.