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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.
As you might expect or hope, there are also some shortcuts for duplicating existing pages, as opposed to adding new pages, and you might want to start a new page based on some pre-existing page. There's a couple of different methods for duplicating a page and each one has its kind of own nuance. The textbook method is to double-click on the page or just click on the page thumbnail in the Pages panel that you want to duplicate, and drag it to the New Page icon at the bottom of the Pages panel. So, if I click-and-drag to the New icon and let go, it does duplicate that page, but you may notice that where does it put the duplicate? By default, it always puts the duplicated page at the bottom, or at the end of the pages, and that may not be where you wanted.
You may have wanted to have duplicated a page and insert it right after the current page that you duplicated, or any other location. So, I am going to go ahead and undo that, and let's go and double-click on a particular page that we want to duplicate. So, let's go to this page here, page 19. I'll just go ahead and double-click, and let's say I wanted to duplicate this page and put it right after the current page. So, the duplicate would become page 20 and everything else would shift down. Instead of just dragging the page thumbnail to the bottom of the Pages panel to the New icon, what you can do instead - what's that make better key? The option key or Alt key in Windows - Option+Drag or Alt+Drag the thumbnail and you'll see I get a special cursor as I drag, and that little vertical black line shows me where I'm going to drop or insert the duplicated page.
So, it doesn't have to be immediately after the current page here. I could insert it here, or here, or wherever I want. Just look for that black line and if I want it in a different location, just move it to a different location, as I drag. When you see where you want it to go, just go ahead and let go of the mouse first and it will do duplicate that page and put it right after the current page, because that's where I dropped it. So that's a very handy way of duplicating pages and putting them specifically where you want them as you do it. Now, it doesn't work just on single pages you can actually select multiple pages. If I hold down the Shift key, I can see Shift+Select multiple pages and duplicate all of them by Option+Dragging or Alt+Dragging, so that will work as well.
And then the last technique is you can right-click or Control+Click, if you don't have a two-button mouse. Right-click on any page thumbnail, and choose the Duplicate Spread command from the Contextual menu. And again, that command, the Contextual menu trick always puts the duplicate at the bottom or the end of the document. So, three different methods, the New icon dragging the thumbnail to the New icon or the right-click Contextual menu, always puts the new duplicated pages at the end of the document. If you want more control as you duplicate it, hold down that make better key Option or Alt, as you drag the thumbnail.
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