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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 if you create documents in InDesign where there are multiple threaded text frames that make up a story, and especially of those threaded text frames span across different pages, then these setup shortcuts are really going to be useful for you. So, in this example, I have got six frames that are all threaded together. And if I actually get out of Preview mode here, and go ahead and click on one of these frames, and on the View menu say, Show Text Threads, you will see that they are all threaded together, and they actually thread across two different pages. So frames four, five, and six, are on the next page.
I am going to go ahead and turn the threads back off under View>Hide Text Threads. And we'll go ahead and go back to the Preview mode just to keep things clean on the screen. So if I want to select the next thread of the next frame in a threaded story, there are some keyboard shortcuts for that as well. Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt, and then your Page Up and Page Down keys. So, Command+Option+Page Down or Ctrl+Alt+Page Down goes to the next frame of the story, next frame of the story, I am just holding those keys down and pressing Page Down again. And when you are on this particular last frame, the last text frame of this page, I do Command+Option+Page Down or Ctrl+Alt+Page Down, again it jumps to the next frame in this threaded story, even if that means it needs to switch to the next page.
So, that becomes really handy if you are, say, doing a magazine or a newspaper type document, where you might have a story that begins the first three or four pages at the early start of the magazine, and then it is continued on Page 147. Well, you don't even have to remember which page that actually continues on. You can use these keyboard shortcuts to navigate directly to that continued-on page. So that comes in pretty handy. So, Command+Option+Page Down, Ctrl+Alt+Page Down, Page Down, Page Down, Command+Option+Page Up, Ctrl+Alt+Page Up obviously goes backwards. If you want to go to the first and last threaded frame of a threaded text story, then just add Shift.
So, when in doubt, hold down the entire left-hand side of your keyboard, Command+Option+Shift, Ctrl+Alt+Shift, Page Down goes to the last frame. Page Up, with all three down, goes to the first frame. Very cool! Now this was all happening because I had the Selection tool selected, so I was selecting this as an object. If I have my text cursor inside a frame, then the shortcuts do the same thing, but they also select the text as I go. So, Command+Option+Page Down or Ctrl+Alt+Page Down selects the next text in the next threaded frame.
Again, Command+Option+Page Down or Ctrl+Alt+Page Down. Again. Again. Again. If I want to go backwards, Command+Option+Page UP or Ctrl+Alt+Page Up, Page Up, Page Up. And again, if I want to select them all or I'll select the first one, Command+Option+Shift+Page Down selects the last frame, Command+Option+Shift+Page Up, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Page Up selects the first frame. So it's kind of a mouthful and it seems kind of weird just to watch someone do this. You've got to watch this movie a couple of times, maybe, practice this and pretty soon, it becomes pretty straightforward. And these are very, very useful keyboard shortcuts when you are doing these type of documents, where your threaded text frame spans across multiple pages.
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