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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.
This one is an oldie but goodie, and that's the ability to nudge objects on your page using your arrow keys. I am going to go ahead and select this orange rectangle here, and every time I move my Up, Down, Left, or Right Arrows, this object is going to move one point at a time. That's the default value. So it makes it really easy to move precisely. Now, what you may not know is that you can actually change the amount an object moves every time you press the arrow. There are two ways to do that. You can add the Shift key and that will just do 10 times the amount of whatever its set to. So if it's 1 point by default, if I do Shift+Arrow, it's going to move 10 points in either direction, depending on the arrow that I use.
So right out of the box you have got 1 point at a time or 10 points at a time by adding the Shift key to the arrow keys. If you want to control it even further, you can set it to a specific amount. I mean, maybe you want to set it to your baseline grid increment. If you have a baseline grid of 12 points, maybe every time you move your arrow key, you want it to go 12 points. To do that, you do that in Preferences, Command+K, Ctrl+K. In the, I believe, Units & Increments section, there it is, the Cursor Key option under Keyboard Increments. Cursor Key.
It's kind of a weird label. What this means is when I press the arrow key with the selected object, it will move it this amount. So let's say I want it to be 1 pica, so I would just type in 1 P, click OK. Now every time I hit my arrow key for this object, it moves a pica at a time, instead of a point at a time. If I add Shift to that, it's going to be 10 picas at a time, instead of 1 pica. So there you have it. You have the ability to control how far something moves when you use the arrow keys. If you don't like the default values, just change them in Preferences.
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