Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

InDesign CS2 Power Shortcuts

with Brian Wood

Video: Welcome

Teaches basic keyboard and interface shortcuts, as well as little-known navigational, dialog box, and tool shortcuts.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 17s
    1. Welcome
  2. 46m 11s
    1. Resetting program preferences upon entering
      2m 37s
    2. Viewing InDesign info and document history
      3m 33s
    3. Viewing menus in alphabetical order
      1m 25s
    4. Adding document presets to a new document window
      4m 38s
    5. Viewing all program preferences
      7m 57s
    6. Changing application defaults
      4m 37s
    7. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      7m 34s
    8. Sharing keyboard shortcut sets
      2m 40s
    9. Creating a standard page using shortcuts
      4m 21s
    10. Closing multiple open documents quickly
      1m 18s
    11. Sharing presets for documents, PDF creation and more
      5m 31s
  3. 33m 28s
    1. Toggling palettes and toolbars
      2m 51s
    2. Grouping, docking and stashing palettes
      8m 10s
    3. Creating and saving workspaces
      3m 43s
    4. Assigning shortcuts to switch between saved workspaces
      3m 52s
    5. Sharing workspaces with others
      4m 3s
    6. Ruler shortcuts
      4m 6s
    7. Working with guides
      6m 43s
  4. 14m 7s
    1. Focus and navigation
      3m 57s
    2. For type
      5m 53s
    3. For objects
      4m 17s
  5. 22m 17s
    1. Cycling through multiple open documents
      2m 30s
    2. Go to Page commands and navigating between pages
      2m 29s
    3. The View menu and Zoom shortcuts
      6m 26s
    4. Screen modes
      4m 29s
    5. Pan shortcuts
      1m 51s
    6. Display performance
      4m 32s
  6. 18m 0s
    1. Switching tools
      2m 15s
    2. Specific tool shortcuts
      5m 11s
    3. Tool palette orientation
      3m 31s
    4. The Eyedropper tool
      2m 51s
    5. Drawing tool shortcuts
      4m 12s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Font previews
      2m 8s
    2. Applying formatting without selecting text
      3m 7s
    3. Type selection shortcuts
      7m 1s
    4. Changing type size and color
      2m 10s
    5. Type formatting shortcuts
      9m 52s
    6. Type preferences
      5m 30s
    7. Threading shortcuts
      7m 11s
    8. Stripping formatting when pasting text
      4m 10s
    9. Toggling between curly quotes and feet/inch marks
      2m 14s
    10. Finding fonts
      5m 12s
    11. Text on a path
      9m 13s
    12. Dragging text from the Bridge
      3m 57s
    13. Power Find/Change
      5m 7s
  8. 19m 55s
    1. Paragraph and character style palettes
      5m 23s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 44s
    3. Assigning keyboard shortcuts to styles
      4m 9s
    4. Next Style shortcut
      3m 39s
  9. 26m 15s
    1. Replacing colors (swatches)
      4m 6s
    2. Gradient shortcuts
      4m 2s
    3. Editing swatches
      1m 14s
    4. Changing the order of swatches
      2m 26s
    5. Setting default swatches for InDesign
      3m 8s
    6. Sharing swatch libraries
      8m 22s
    7. Applying color to text by selecting the containing frame
      2m 57s
  10. 43m 35s
    1. Changing fill and stroke attributes with the keyboard
      6m 51s
    2. The Layers palette
      7m 54s
    3. The Transform palette
      8m 31s
    4. Selecting and moving objects
      4m 22s
    5. Pasting in place
      1m 13s
    6. Duplicate and Step & Repeat
      4m 0s
    7. Fit commands
      4m 41s
    8. Text wrap
      6m 3s
  11. 13m 36s
    1. Placing graphics
      2m 49s
    2. Placing multiple graphics in frames
      4m 4s
    3. Replacing graphics
      3m 23s
    4. Resizing graphics
      3m 20s
  12. 5m 18s
    1. Dialogue box shortcuts
      3m 16s
    2. Contextual menus
      2m 2s
  13. 21m 40s
    1. Open vs. browse
      2m 35s
    2. Adobe Bridge shortcuts
      7m 24s
    3. Reviewing InDesign documents and PDFs
      6m 40s
    4. Resetting Bridge preferences upon open
      2m 21s
    5. Placing image from Bridge
      2m 40s
  14. 51m 4s
    1. Pages palette shortcuts
      3m 59s
    2. Renaming master pages
      1m 40s
    3. Inserting and duplicating pages
      7m 45s
    4. Rearranging pages
      6m 0s
    5. Master page items
      3m 29s
    6. Starting with a two-page spread
      4m 58s
    7. Converting a page to a master
      5m 13s
    8. Setting column guides for mixed column widths
      5m 52s
    9. Asymmetrical master guides
      2m 46s
    10. Layout adjustment
      5m 43s
    11. Previewing master page work
      3m 39s
  15. 6m 45s
    1. Toggling between the Story Editor and the layout
      2m 0s
    2. Text navigation
      4m 45s
  16. 28m 40s
    1. Exporting text as RTF
      4m 26s
    2. Saving back to CS from CS2
      3m 53s
    3. Print dialogue shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Exporting snippets
      7m 44s
    5. Locating transparent objects in a document
      4m 27s
  17. 16s
    1. Goodbye

please wait ...
InDesign CS2 Power Shortcuts
Video duration: 0s 6h 58m Intermediate


You’ve got the InDesign basics down. Now it’s time to speed up your workflow and glide through common tasks by mastering the application’s powerful and sometimes hidden shortcuts. Instructor Brian Wood, a certified Adobe Creative Suite 2 Master, uncovers all these helpful commands and techniques, including basic keyboard and interface shortcuts, as well as little-known navigational, dialog box, and tool shortcuts that will dramatically improve your productivity. This video tutorial discloses all you need to know to become adept at using InDesign’s extensive feature set, giving you more time to be creative.

Topics include:
  • Application, palette, and workspace shortcuts Navigation, dialog box, and tool secrets Mastering the Control palette Type, Paragraph, and Character Style shortcuts Changing fill, stroke, and other layer attributes Graphic editing shortcuts Pages and master page secrets Working more efficiently with Adobe Bridge and the Story Editor


Closed captioning isn’t available for this video.

There are currently no FAQs about InDesign CS2 Power Shortcuts.






Don't show this message again
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed InDesign CS2 Power Shortcuts.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a Member and Create Custom Playlists

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of online learning video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Log in

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

You started this assessment previously and didn’t complete it.

You can pick up where you left off, or start over.

Resume Start over

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.