How to Export Adobe InDesign CS6 Text Files - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can extract text from an Adobe InDesign CS6 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:

  1. Select the Text tool from the toolbox and 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.

  2. Choose File→Export.

    The Export dialog box opens.

  3. Enter a filename, select a location to save the file in, and select Text Only from the Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac) drop-down list; click Save.

    The Text Export Options dialog box opens.

  4. Choose 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.

  5. Click the Export button.

    The file is exported and saved to the location you specified in Step 3.