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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.
There is a terrifically useful paste command called Paste in Place, and I like to think of it as the Clone command, mainly because I am a recovering FreeHand user from way back when. The Clone command will just duplicate an object and put it right on top of itself. So InDesign has a version of that, but it's actually more powerful than the FreeHand version of old. I am going to go ahead and select this object and under Edit is Copy of course, and then Edit>Paste in Place, or Command+Option+Shift+V, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V on Windows.
I am going to go ahead and choose the menu command for now. It doesn't look like anything happened, but indeed there is another version of this graphic sitting right on top of the original. So Paste in Place. Okay. So that's kind of handy if you then want to make that one slightly larger or smaller, and create an Inset Effect or whatever. But the Paste in Place command is really useful when you are copying and pasting from one page to another or from one document to another. So for example, let's say I go to this page here, page 21. Double-click, and I am going to select the number 2 graphic here. I am going to copy it, Command+C.
Go back to page 23, and I am going to Paste in Place, Command+Option+Shift+V, and that thing ends up exactly where it was from the other page. Very, very, handy. Just remember, normal place, Command+V, just ends up in the center of your screen. Let's go ahead and delete that, Command+Option+Shift+V, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V, does Paste in Place. You will find all sorts of crazy uses for that. It comes in very handy.
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