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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.
All right, let's cover some shortcuts for dealing with selecting multiple items and turning them into a group. So I want these five objects to be treated as one thing, as one page item selected, move them around the page quickly without having to select all of them every single time I want to act on them. The textbook method is to hold down the Shift key and select by clicking all five of those items, fair enough. Another way to do a quicker selection in InDesign is to start when there's nothing selected, just click anywhere with the regular Selection tool and drag out a selection rectangle.
The cool thing about this is that you don't have to surround the item completely. You just have to touch the item you want to select with that little dashed line. Some products actually require you to surround the entire object. Like here, if I were to do this in some other product, I would be selecting the green rectangle, but not the orange one, because I didn't completely enclose the orange one with this little dash line. In InDesign, you just have to touch the object with that and the objects will select. So in this case it's a lot easier. Instead of the Shift-click, Shift-click, Shift-click, Shift-click, Shift-click, it might actually be easier to just click and drag to select those items and then Shift-click on the items you don't want selected.
So Shift-click works both ways. It's a toggle. So now I have got those five objects selected, I want to group them into a single page item called a group, and that keyboard shortcut is real simple. It's Command+G/Ctrl+G. I now get a different bounding box around those five objects. You can see it's a dashed line to indicate that it's a group. Then if you want to ungroup something, you just add Shift to it. So Command+Shift+G or Ctrl+Shift+G and they go back to being individual page items. Let's go back and group them again, Command+G or Ctrl+G. I will go ahead and deselect by clicking somewhere else and then anytime I want to select any item in that group, I just click on any of those items and with one click the whole thing becomes selected.
So grouping is a great way just to keep a document organized without actually going to layers yet. Then of course, you can have multiple groups and multiple layers and it's all completely up to you how you organize your document, but groups are pretty useful page item, if you will.
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