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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.
Here is some quick shortcuts for changing paragraph alignment and the good news is that they're really easy to remember. They are pretty much intuitive. They make sense. So let's begin by just going ahead and selecting this text frame with the Selection tool. Now just as a side, if you want every paragraph in a text frame or story to have the same formatting, then you don't actually have to select the text with the Text tool, so you can just click on the frame. If you just wanted one paragraph to be different than the rest, then that's when you'd need to go in there and actually put your cursor in one specific paragraph. So for now, we are just going to go ahead and not bother about that, just select it with Selection tool.
Your Align shortcuts are Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift on Windows, and then a corresponding letter. So, this is already left-aligned. So to change this to right-align, it will be Command+Shift+R, Ctrl+Shift+R, and then 'C' for center. I am not going to bother repeating the modifier keys. That's the same for all these. So Command+Shift or Ctrl+ Shift and then a letter. So 'L' for Left, 'R' for Right, 'C' for Center, 'J' for Justify, and then there's a slight twist, 'F' as in frank for force justify, and the difference there is it forces the last line of the paragraph to be fully justified as well.
So, some say either force justify or fully justify, and then to get this back to the default left, Command+Shift+L, and there you have it. So, five keyboard shortcuts to change alignment: L, R, C, J, and F. Very quick. And by the way, these work in all of the Adobe applications wherever there is text. So, if you are learning them here for InDesign, you've just learned them for Photoshop, you have just learned them for Illustrator, and so forth. So, pretty handy shortcuts to know.
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