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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 are working with a lot of text in InDesign, the goal is to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible. It just makes things, typically, a lot faster. So, there are keyboard methods for navigating within a text story as well. So I am going to go ahead and double-click just to enter inside this text frame. And the basic ones - let's just get those out of the way, just for review - Use the Right and Left Arrow keys to move one character left or right at a time. Use the Up or Down arrow keys to move one line up or down at a time. Those are pretty basic. To move to the start or end of a line, you have got the Home key. To go to the beginning of the line, the End key to move to the end of the line.
To move to the start of a story, you add Command or Ctrl, depending on which platform you are on. So Command+Home moves to the start of the story, Command+End moves to the end of the story. Now the definition of a story in InDesign is any threaded series of text frames. So, this is only one text frame. But if this story continued on into another text frame, let's say, on another page then you would actually be jumping between frames when you went to the start or end of a story as well. So it's not just within the given text frame, it's within the given story.
Okay, so to move one word left or right, it's Command+Left or Right Arrow keys or Ctrl+Left and Right Arrow keys as you are using it on Windows. And then to go up or down to the start of the previous paragraph or the start of the next paragraph, that's Command+UP or Command+Down. So there is no keyboard shortcut to go to the end of a paragraph. It's always to the start of a paragraph, or the start of the next paragraph, so just keep that in mind. But there you have it, some pretty basic ways of moving around with inside a text story, and once you master these, you can actually just really fly through a story and navigate to where you want to go.
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