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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, if you end up working with a lot of threaded text frames that make up a story. So, like in this example, we have six frames and if I drag through them, you can see that makes up a story. And then the other three frames are on a second page. If that's the type of work you in InDesign quite a bit, then there is one keyboard shortcut that you just have to memorize right now. It's Command+Y or Control+Y. And that opens up something called the Story Editor. A lot of people surprisingly don't realize that InDesign actually has this little built in barebones Word Processing Window. And what it let's you do is actually see all the text of a particular story in one long scroll of a Window.
So, if your Threaded frame span across a whole range of pages. It makes it a lot easier to do a lot of text editing in this scrollable Window instead. So, let's go and do this. Let's click inside our story like we have already done here, Command+Y or Control+Y. It's also under the Edit menu > Edit in Story Editor. There is the keyboard shortcut, Command+Y. And this opens up your entire threaded story in one scrollable Window. Now, this Window can be resized. It can be moved across your screen or on a second screen or whatever, and it does not show you the formatting of your text it's just a barebones mono spaced font here.
You can certainly change the appearance of the Story Editor in your Preferences. Command+K or Ctrl+K and there is a separate category just for the Story Editor and you have got all these options here. You can choose the Font, the Size, the Type of coloring and highlighting and so forth. So, I am going to click OK. Take a look at that later on, if you want to customize the Story Editor. I just always leave it at the default settings here. It also shows you the name of the style that's been applied to that paragraph and all the keyboard shortcuts you may have learned for navigating and selecting text with your keyboard apply in the Story Editor as well.
So, just basic ones, up and down, left and right, add Command to that to do one word or Control. One word left or one word right, Command+Up and Down, Ctrl+Up and Down and so forth. So, all those shortcuts work. Adding Shift to them will select as you go. And you can make quick work of selecting and editing your text by using this method. One other thing I like to do from time to time is to see my Layout view and my Story Editor view at the same time. And I can use my Arrange Documents widget up here in the application bar to do that.
I am going to go ahead and choose Tile Vertically, these two Windows. And you can see now, I have got my Story Editor view on the right and my Layout view on the left. So, as I make changes, so if I actually delete this text for some random reason, you will actually see it update in the Layout view on the left. So, I have lost my headline there. I will go ahead and Undo that, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z and you'll see that I have got a way to go back and forth and see that Design view, the Layout view and my Story Editor view simultaneously. So a very nice way of working with long threaded text stories, in one long scrollable Window, as opposed to having to jump around and pan the pages and jump from page to page.
So it's a much better way to work when you have got this type of text document.
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