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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
So it turns out InDesign has that cool Grid Place command and there's another shortcut for Grid Place. So let's go ahead and invoke the Command here, Command+D or Ctrl+D. We are going to go ahead and select multiple files here select a Multi-File Place feature. We got the six files selected. Go ahead and click Open. I want to see my Guides, so I am going to press the W key and I'm going to go ahead and invoke the Grid Place command. That's Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift. I get the little grid icon. I am going to start clicking and dragging with the loaded cursor and then I can let go the keys once I start dragging.
Now the default grid that InDesign creates for you with the Grid Place feature is actually 3X3 grid, but it remembers the last settings that you set up when you used it last. So I had customized this previously to just do to a three column by two rows and you can see that there's a certain amount of space between each cell as well and it turns out you can customize that. So I am going to drag just to a specific guide here. And you can see I want the amount of space between each element to match the ruler guides that are on the page.
So the Arrow keys can be used to change the number of rows or columns but if you add the Shift key to that, you can actually change the amount of space between each row and column. So I am going to hold down the Shift key and then press the Right Arrow and you can see the amount of space between each column is changing. Now I've got it exactly lined up. I just hit Shift+Arrow a bunch of times until the grid lines of the frames there actually match the amount of space. I'll do Shift+Up Arrow to increase the amount of space between each row. So it looks the same and now when I go ahead and let go over the mouse, they're all equally spaced out to the spacing that I like that matches my ruler guides and they all get placed in one shot, pretty cool.
So I am going to go ahead and undo this, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. That puts them back in the loaded gun and again, just to show you, to invoke the Grid command, the Grid Place command, you hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift, start dragging and InDesign is going to remember your last setting. So it's going to match the spacing automatically this time, because it remembers what you did the last time you used the Grid Place command. Go ahead and let go and they all get placed with the spacing and amount that I wanted.
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