Quick Apply with Next Style (Free Script!)

InDesign Free Script: Quick Apply Paragraph Styles with Next Style!

Have you always wished that the quick-apply feature would respect your paragraph style’s Next Style setting?

Have you always wished that there would be an easy shortcut for Next Style?

Well, now there is!

This free script emulates a simple version of Quick Apply, but this time — Next Style settings are respected. Here’s a screenshot:

To use: Like InDesign’s built in Quick Apply feature, simply select one or more paragraphs, and then run the script. (It’s probably best to assign a keyboard shortcut to the script, so that you can easily access it. I’ve chosen CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER (CMD+SHIFT+ENTER on a Mac) because it’s similar to the Quick Apply shortcut. Type the first few letters of the paragraph style you want to apply, or select it from the list. If you want to clear any local overrides, select the checkbox. Then hit Enter. The first paragraph will now have the style you’ve chosen applied to it. The next paragraph (if you selected more than one initially) will have the Next Style applied to it, and so on.

Quick and easy – and much simpler than InDesign’s built-in method, which is to open the paragraph styles palette, right click on it, and select “Apply Paragraph Style, then Next Style, clearing overrides”!

As usual, to install, click on the download link, unzip the file, and place it in your Adobe Scripts folder. (Easiest way to find that folder is to open InDesign, open the scripts palette, right-click on a script, and choose “Reveal in Explorer/Finder”.

First time you run the script you will be asked to register your name and email. Your feedback in the comments section below is always appreciated!

Download the Full Version Here!


14 thoughts on “Quick Apply with Next Style (Free Script!)

  1. Thanks for posting this. You should suggest, I think, that folks right click and Save Link As on the above download link. When I clicked on it, the binary file opened in the browser window.

  2. Thanks Peter. I’ve updated the link so it should be easier now.

  3. This is great! Your script just made my life so much easier. Thx!

  4. Many thanks! Was looking for this option in Indesign.

  5. You’re welcome! Thanks for the feedback.


  6. […] Ariel Walden has some good scripts available — mostly commercial, but a couple free ones, including the cool-looking Quick Apply with Next Style […]

  7. It doesn’t work when you select more than one frame 🙁

  8. Select the text itself, not the text frames.


  9. Hi, could it be that the script doesn’t work in CS6? When I open the panel, it is completely empty: it doesn’t display my styles.


  10. Hi Randy,

    Well, I use it all the time myself in CS6 (Windows), so I can confirm it works. Very strange. Are you on Windows or Mac? What operating system version?

  11. Hi Ariel,

    Thanks for responding; well I just tried it on another computer (Windows 7) & here it worked fine. The PC on which the script didn’t work is running Windows 8… Hmm…

  12. Hi Randy,

    There does seem to be a confirmed bug/incompatibility between CS6 and Windows 8, specifically. So many scripts (not just this one) that run fine on CS6 and Windows 7, or CC and Windows 8, will not run properly on the combination of CS6 and Windows 8, unfortunately. I’ve filed a bug report with Adobe, and you’re welcome to do the same.

    Thanks for pointing this out.

  13. Hello, script don’t work in CS6 and Windows 8.1 (64bit). Could You correct this? I use this script on Mac and its Great. Thanks for Your work.

  14. Hi Szachu,

    Unfortunately this is a known problem. Certain elements of pre-CC ScriptUI (the Adobe UI system that this script uses) are simply not compatible with Windows 8. It’s an Adobe bug (or maybe Microsoft, depending on how you see things.) There’s nothing I can do about it, except to suggest either upgrading InDesign to CC, or downgrading to Windows 7.


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