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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.
This next power shortcut comes in so handy you're going to use it all the time. It really helps just keep your document more organized. If you're anal like me, you've got a very clean desk, very clean office. You want your InDesign document to be nice and clean as well. So let's give you some examples of what I mean. So here is a text frame that says, "Is there a shortcut to reveal overset?" Overset what? Well, let's click on that text frame. Oh yep. There is the threaded red Plus sign. There's more text than currently can fit in the frame, or in this case how about a Shrink to Fit command. That text frame, the text frame ends up being a lot larger than it needs to be.
Now if I have no intention of actually putting anymore text in here, there's really no reason for this text frame to be that big, especially because it just gets in the way of selecting other items that are around or behind it. So for instance, pretend I just inherit this document from someone else, I don't know that that text frame is really big. I happen to be working in the Preview mode right now, so I'm not seeing my frame edges. So I can think to go click on this text frame here, but when I click I end up getting that other text frame that's in front of it, right? So I have to know to click where they are not overlapping. I've got the same problem here.
This text frame is a lot bigger than it needs to be. So the shortcut that we want to use is the Fit Frame to Text command. It works either direction, it either it makes the frame large enough to reveal overset text or it shrinks it down to only be as large as it needs to be to contain the text. Two different ways to do it: Command+Option+C, Ctrl+Alt+C, and in this case, since it was an overset text, the frame got large enough to reveal the hidden text. Very handy. So if you're in the middle of typing and your text frame goes overset and there's room on the page for the frame to get larger, just do Command+Option+C, Ctrl+Alt+C, right midstream and your text frame will get large enough to reveal the hidden text.
It works the other direction as well, as I mentioned. You can use it to Shrink to Fit. So again, Command+Option+C, Ctrl+Alt+C, will shrink the text frame down to fit the text. If you don't want to remember the keyboard shortcut, you can always double-click on the handle. That's another technique to do it. If you wanted to shrink in both vertically and horizontally, then you double-click on a corner handle. If you just want it to shrink in one dimension, then just double-click on one of the side or top or bottom handles, depending on which dimension you want to shrink. I'm going to do both, so I'm going to double-click on the corner handle and that is the same thing as using the keyboard shortcut.
So there you have it. Very handy shortcut. Comes in handy in a lots of different ways, especially to expand a text frame to reveal that overset text.
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