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This next tip may seem obvious at first, but every once in a while you might get into the situation where the obvious thing doesn't work. So I want to select everything and deselect everything. Now the Select All shortcut, that's the standard shortcut in just about every application. It's Command+A or Ctrl+A, pretty straightforward. That selects everything on the page or the spread in the case of InDesign, if you have more than one page on a spread. Then to deselect you are typically told to click where there is no item. So any blank area on the page will deselect your current selection. Now it can be the pasteboard.
That can be somewhere else on the page, whatever. All fine and dandy unless you're zoomed in and there's no blank space or blank spot on the page or spread to click on. So for instance, I'll do a Select All and I will zoom in on a particular area. Now there's no blank spot available to me. I'm clicking somewhere to deselect and I can't, because I'm clicking on an item that's already selected. Now it seems a little silly to have to change your view just so you can see a blank spot or to pan the document around the window just so you can find a blank spot just to deselect.
So just like there is a keyboard shortcut to select everything, Select All, there is actually a keyboard shortcut to Deselect All. It's also under the Edit menu. There is Select All and then its cousin Deselect All and it's just Command+Shift+A or Ctrl+Shift+A. So Command+A, Ctrl+A to select all. Command+Shift+A, Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect all. Pretty simple, pretty basic, but believe it or not it will come in handy more often than you think.
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