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Adobe InDesign - Grouping Fonts and text size together

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Is there a way in InDesign to Group headings or bodies of text together.  I have a classified section in a magazine and there are many headings and text ads under each heading.  Sometimes there are 200 ads and other times there are 250 ads, etc...  I want to be able to adjust text size and spacing in groups, ie. If I change a Heading to 12pt then all headings change to 12pt.  If I change the text spacing to 1.5% then all text spacing changes etc... so the text will expand and contract to fill the pages accordingly.  I currently do this in an old program called Ventura but I no longer want to use this.
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Man... Ventura Publisher is like the the triceratops of page layout!  :)

The functionality you are looking for is called stylesheets, and that's where you can specify style properties that will be applied to paragraphs and text parts.
Every style attribute you can change (font family, point size, spacing, indent...) can be stored in style sheets and applied in bulk.
Furthermore, you can nest styles, do that one style defines basic paragraph attributes, for instance, and other styles define modifiers like citations, etc.
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That is awesome.  For years I thought InDesign didn't have the capability.

Ventura is a solid program. lol.  It's actually great for importing spreadsheet data from xls files into layout design with designated styles.  I use a sister program called Corel Database Publisher with it that allows me to import the data.

Do you know of anyway I can import data into the stylesheets with Indesign or Illustrator?

Thanks
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Do you know of anyway I can import data into the stylesheets with Indesign or Illustrator?

I'm afraid I can't help you with that one.
But I'm sure there'll be some conversion plugin out there (if that functionality isn't there already buit-in to InDesign, which I don't know).
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