How to Bold in InDesign

InDesign's keystroke shortcuts allow you to work quickly, so that you don't have to rely on a mouse or touchpad. Depending on your workflow style, you can use the default InDesign shortcuts or customize your own shortcut set. In this walkthrough, we've shared how to bold in InDesign using the standard shortcuts. 

How to Bold in InDesign
1. First, open InDesign and highlight the text you wish to make bold. 

2. Next, press Ctrl+Shift+B (or Command+Shift+B on Mac). If your currently selected font has a built-in bold typeface, then the words will now be bold. However, some fonts do not include a bold version. In this case, you'll need to format the type so that it looks bold.

3. To make a thicker font, you need to add weight to your text. Highlight the desired text with your cursor, and then press F10 to show the Stroke panel. Click on the "Weight" drop-down menu, and you can select a new weight so that your text looks thicker. 

4. We recommend starting with the smallest weight, and then increasing it until you reach the desired font thickness. The "Weight" drop-down menu is also a text field, so you have the option to type in more precise weight values. 

5. As a final measure, press F6 to show the Color panel. Select “Stroke” and check to make sure it is set to the same color as your font. You can also switch the bold text to a new color, so that it stands out even more. 

Bold Variations
Some fonts contain more than one variation of Bold. Before you perform any stroke adjustments, go to the Control bar and open the "Type Style" drop-down menu to see what's available. For example, you might discover that the font has Extra Bold (i.e. thicker weight), Condensed Bold (smaller width between letters), and Extended Bold (larger width) versions. 

Converting Fonts into Shapes
If you decide to make a font bold via stroke adjustment, you may risk increasing the text size so that individual characters overlap. To fix this issue, we suggest converting your font into an outline. 

First, highlight your text and select “Type” > “Create Outlines”. Your typeface will change from an editable font to a filled shape. This gives you the ability to adjust the stroke and shape of your font with even more detail. However, it may be difficult to find a stroke weight that thickens the text without making it look unattractive. In this situation, it might be better to select a different font. 

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