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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.
InDesign has a really handy shortcut for duplicating an object as you move that duplicate to another layer. So to set this up, let's go ahead and delete this orange 'Layers' text object here. I'm going to click on the green one. You can see it is on Layer 1. I want to create a duplicate of this object and move the duplicate to Layer 2. You may have guessed it, I'm going to hold down the make-better key. I am going to hold down the Option key or Alt, and I'm going to drag that little selection widget at the far right of the LAYERS panel. I'm going to hold down Option or Alt as I drag that to Layer 2, and you'll see because I have that make-better key held down, I get a little Plus sign on the drag cursor, that little hand cursor.
Now when I let go, this object has been duplicated and it's got the red bounding box indicating that it's on the red layer, Layer 2, and now when I click-and-drag that object and move it up, you'll see I ended up with a duplicate. So very cool, I'll go ahead and select that text and make it orange and we're right back to where we started. So pretty handy, when you want to drag an object from a layer to another, just drag the little selection widget. If you want to duplicate it as you drag it from one layer to another, just hold down that Option or Alt key and you'll end up with two, or a duplicate, of that original object.
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