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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.
When you create styles in InDesign, it's really a good idea to give them descriptive names so you can actually understand what your styles are standing for later on or someone else knows what they are for later on as well. The problem is that InDesign doesn't do that automatically for you. It just gives you a basic default style name, which really isn't all that helpful. I think it's trying to actually encourage you to give it your own name. The problem is that it doesn't encourage you to create the name as you create the style. Now, let's give you an idea, of what I am talking about. So I am going to click into this paragraph and I want to create a style based on all the formatting choices of this paragraph.
If I go click on the New Style button in the Paragraph Styles panel, it does exactly what I ask it to. It created a new paragraph style called Paragraph Style 1. Not really helpful. So the idea here is that you then need to either click and pause, and click again for a second to get in-line editing for that name of the style so I can actually give it a real name, or you would double-click on the name of the style to open up the Paragraph Style Options dialog, where you would then give it a name, and choose a bunch of other options. I am going to give you a different way. I am going to undo this a couple of times till that style goes away, just Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. Instead, I want to be able to give my style a descriptive name as I create it and also tell it to apply that new style to the paragraph that I actually clicked in at the same time.
So what's the make-better key? It's the Option key, right? The Option or Alt Key on Windows. Option+Click or Alt+Click on the Create new style button. That brings up the dialog with the name of the Style, highlighted for you. So you can just type it in. So I am going to call it Body Text, and then you have the Apply Style to Selection checkbox, which you can then turn on as well. When I click OK, I get a much better result. I get a style that has a more descriptive name, and the paragraph that I've based it on is actually tagged with that style as well. So when in doubt, just hold down that Option key or Alt Key.
It makes InDesign better, and in this example, it makes creating styles much, much better.
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