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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.
Okay, here is the deal. There's one key on your keyboard that makes pretty much any Adobe application better. In this case, InDesign, but it works in Photoshop Illustrator, all the other applications as well. It's the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows, and you should just tape it down. It's a guaranteed way to find and discover hidden functionality inside these applications, and it does a lot of things. So for instance, just giving a couple of examples of why this key is so helpful. So, I'm going to select this object here, just click on it. If I hold down the Option key or Alt and drag, you'll see that cursor first before you even start dragging, turns to a duplicate cursor, and of course, that's exactly what's going to happen when I Option+drag, or Alt+drag.
You're duplicating an item. So, that's much easier than Copy and Paste, or trying to figure out what the keyboard shortcut is for Duplicate or whatever. Let's go ahead and delete that. If I'm in some text, right now I select this text here. Up in my Control panel if I start Option-clicking on things, I might uncover some hidden functionality. So for instance, on the Underlying button, if I Option-click or Alt-click on that, that brings up the Underlying Options dialog. Who even knew that was there? This is where you can create custom underline options. If I Option-click or Alt-click on say the Superscript or Subscript button, again in the Control panel, that will open up the Preferences panel for the Advanced Type sections.
So there's lots of different shortcuts there, for secret places to go. Here's one of my all-time favorites. If I select this image frame here, if I Option+Double-click on the image there, that will invoke the Edit Original command. So that will pop this image over into Photoshop, so I can edit it there. I'm going to close that, jump back over to InDesign. So lots of different things at the Option or Alt key in Windows will do for you. Just tape it down. It'll make your product, specifically InDesign, much better.
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