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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.
As you might expect, there are of course shortcuts for creating new pages or adding new pages to an existing document. The textbook method is, I have an active page here, and I want to add a new page after the current page, you simply clicked on the new icon at the bottom of the Pages panel. I will go ahead and do that, I am on page 24 in this particular document right now. If I click the New button, it inserts a new page after my current page. and it's blank and ready for me to go. I am going to go ahead and undo that. If I want a keyboard shortcut for that, there is Command+Shift+P on the Mac or Control+Shift+P on Windows.
It does the exact same thing as clicking on the new icon. It just lets you keep your hands on the keyboard. So, Command+Shift+P, Control+Shift+P and I get the exact same result as clicking that button. So that's kind of a handy keyboard shortcut. and then lastly, what's the make-better key in pretty much all the Adobe products? The Option or Alt key, Option on the Mac, Alt on windows. If I want to specify some options for the new page as it's being created, then hold down that make-better key as you click on the button. Let me go ahead and Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Create New Page button.
That pops open the insert pages dialog, where you can specify more than one page, so you can save 15 pages if you want. Actually specify where that new set of pages gets inserted, like we saw all the default behavior is after the current page, but you can switch it to before, or even at the start or end, or specify a specific page you wanted to be inserted. And then last, you can actually specify which Master page do you want to be applied to the new page. By default, it's the same Master page, the default, so in this case, it would be A. But if you want to change that to B, or any other master page that you might have in the document, this dialog certainly gives you that option.
I'm going to go ahead and click OK, and I get that new behavior. In this case, since I specifically chose after page 24, it added it as a spread to that particular document. So, I am going to go ahead and undo that. So, there you have it, three different ways to add new pages to a document. Click the button, Option+Click or Alt+Click the New Page button or Command+Shift+P, Control+Shift+P on Windows will add a new page to your document.
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