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By default, in InDesign, when you add a new layer, the new layer gets inserted at the top of the layer stack. So let's take a look at this. If you look at the Layers panel I have got three layers here: Layer 1, Layer 2 and a layer that I have actually named 'Master Items'. And right now Layer 1 is the active layer. If I click the Create New Layer button, that new layer, which is layer 4, the fourth layer in the stack, gets added to the very top of the list. Now sometimes that's what you want, but often it's not. So I am going to Undo that. Sometimes I want the new layer to be added above the current layer.
So I am going to hold down the Command key on the Mac and Ctrl key in Windows and then click the Create New Layer button. You will see the new layer, Layer 4 gets added immediately above the current layer. I am going to go ahead and Undo that, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. And now instead, if I want the layer to be below the current layer, you hold down Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt and click and the new layer gets added below. So there you have it. Nice easy power shortcuts to get a layer above or below the active layer.
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