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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.
Now a lot of the times you know which font that you want to use or which typeface you want to use. It's just a matter of jumping right to the font that you want to use and apply to a given selection of text. So I want to change this headline. I am going to go ahead and select that text by double-clicking and then highlighting the text. And I know that I want this headline to be set in say, Myriad Pro. So again, I want to put focus in the font field of for Control panel. So I am going to do Command+6 or Ctrl+6. That puts the focus in that font field. Now I can just type the name of the font that I'm looking for. So if I just type 'M-y', I don't have to completely type it, I just type the first few characters and it jumps to that name in the list.
If that's the font I want, I now want to apply that to my selected text. I just press the Enter key and now my headline is set to Myriad Pro. Now if I want to change it again, again Command+6, that puts focus in the font field, Ctrl+6 on Windows and change the name of the font, so Minion Pro let's say M-i-n. That's all I need to type and eventually it jumps to Minion Pro. Now what if I'm not sure I actually want to commit to Minion Pro. I want to experiment but maybe play around with a different typeface right after that. So Enter applies your choice and takes focus back out of that field.
I am going to do Shift+Enter instead. That changes the font, the selection on my page here, but it keeps focus in that font field. You can see Minion Pro is still highlighted there. So now if I want to jump to a different font instead, maybe Impact or something like that, 'I-m' for Impact, Shift+Enter and it applies that to my selected text but puts focus back or keeps focus in that font field, and then I will go back to Myriad Pro, Shift+ Enter, again it changes and then I will switch back to Rockwell. Now if I want to go to Rockwell Extra Bold, I just need to keep typing or I can use my Down arrows there to jump down to Extra Bold and then when I'm committing to that and I want to go back to that specific typeface, I will just go ahead and press regular Enter to actually commit that and put focus back to my layout instead of the Control panel.
So, great technique when you want to cycle through different fonts, Command+6, Ctrl+6. Use the up and down arrow keys to go the next or previous font in the list, but when you know the name of the font you want to use, just start typing the name of the font, when it auto-completes to that name just press Enter and you are done.
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