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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.
These are just shortcuts you have got to memorize quicker. They are the Arrange keyboard shortcuts and they are used to change the stacking order of objects on a particular page. So I have got some objects here on the page here, 1, 2, 3, 4, and then this fifth one in the very back, this tinted back rectangle. The keyboard shortcuts are centered around your right and left bracket keys. Under the Object menu you have the Arrange menu, and there is your four commands: Bring to Front, Bring Forward, Send to Back, Send Backward, and you have all variations using the bracket keys.
So let's begin by using that back most object and we are going to bring it forward. So it's Command+Right Bracket or Ctrl+ Right Bracket and every time I press that, it's going to move up one level or one layer, if you will, in the stacking order. So now that number 1 disappears. Command+Right Bracket or Ctrl+Right Bracket again and each time I do this, I am just bringing it forward one stacking order at a time. To go backward, Command+Left Bracket or Ctrl+Left Bracket, and these are the square bracket keys on your keyboard. So Command+Left Bracket, Command+Left Bracket, and so forth, until I get it all the way back to the bottom again.
If I want to move it all the way to the front, or all the way to the back, you just add Shift to these keyboard shortcuts. So Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift, Right Bracket, all the way to the front, Left Bracket+Command+Shift, Ctrl+Shift+ Left Bracket, all the way to the back.
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