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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.
One of the more useful and practical shortcuts that InDesign provides is something called Fill with Placeholder Text, and that's where you have some text frames on your page, and rather than just typing gibberish you want to have InDesign fill that text frame with just some placeholder text, because you don't have the actual copy that you are going to use just yet. So to take advantage of this feature you just go ahead and select any text frame, and go ahead and right-click and choose the Fill with Placeholder Text command from that contextual menu. So I'll go ahead and do that, Fill with Placeholder Text, and it fills that frame with as much text as will fit based on the current attributes.
So whatever the default font size is, the default font itself, and then it fills it up to fill the column. So a pretty simple command. It's available under the right-click menu. It also can be used from the Type menu. You can choose it there from the bottom of the Type menu as well. I usually find it's quicker to just right-click or Ctrl+Click if you don't have a right-button mouse, and choose that command right from the contextual menu right there. Fill with Placeholder Text. Very handy.
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