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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.
Oh!! I am excited to show you this set of features. It almost made my top 20, just barely missed the cut, and it's the Frame Fitting options, and a couple of shortcuts there that come in really handy. First, I am going to get out of the Preview Mode so you can see the frame edges here and the Guides and whatnot. You can take a look here. I mean how many of you have encountered this? You are clicking around a page and you accidentally or inadvertently end up selecting a text frame and you are like, why did that select? Especially if you have the Preview Mode back on. So I press W again and click around. It's because that text frame or even image frames are much larger than they actually need to be.
Let's say this is just a caption or some display type and you have no intention of putting any more text in there. So there is really no reason to have that frame be that big. So there are some things you can do here. In the Control panel, if you click on any frame, you will notice that if it's a text frame, you get this little button up here that says Fit frame to content, and with a single click of that button, it shrinks the text frame to be as small as it needs to be to contain all that text. How cool is that? See, if that makes you happy, you are the type of person that walks into a storable store, or the container store, and just feels a cathartic moment, just standing there, all the organizational buckets and boxes and stuff. Okay, I digress.
Now back to the imagery in here. I will go ahead and undo this on the text frame. If you forget about that button up there, that's okay. It's actually even easier. Now, there's two other things you can do. There is a keyboard shortcut of course. Command+Option, Ctrl+Alt+C does the same thing. That fits the frame to the content. That's what that keyboard shortcut is. Command+Option+C, Ctrl+Alt+C, Fit frame to content. I will undo it, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. It's even easier though. You don't even have to remember a keyboard shortcut, just simply double-click on one of the frame handles.
Now, if you double-click on the side handle, that shrinks the width down as narrow as it can be or it needs to be. If you double-click on the vertical handle, the top or bottom handle, that shrinks the height. So you can actually do either dimension. I am going to undo both, Command+Z, Command+Z. And you guessed it. If you double-click on a corner handle, you do both axes, both dimensions at the same time. So even easier than the keyboard shortcut, just double-click on the handle. Works for image frames too. So if I select this image frame, you can see the frame is bigger than the actual content.
No reason to leave it like this for this particular example. So Command+Option, Ctrl+Alt+C will shrink the frame to fit the content. Undo. Or you can double-click on the handle as well. So we will double-click on that handle and it just shrinks it back up. Aren't you happy you watched this video? It's a good thing.
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