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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.
InDesign has a Paste in Place command. It's similar to a Clone function, where you select something, copy it, and then it pastes another copy exactly on top of itself. Okay, that's not what this video is about. This video is about Duplicate, and it's a slightly different variation of the theme though. Rather than hitting copy and paste as two separate shortcuts, the Duplicate command just does that in one motion, but also does an offset. So the keyboard shortcut for it is Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift on Windows, and then D for duplicate.
You will see that it moves it a certain amount. Now, it's actually remembering the last move, so you may get a slightly different result if you are trying this for the first time. Typically, the default offset is down and to the right a little bit, but you have just learned something interesting here. So I am going to go ahead and delete this object. There is a mouse gesture way to duplicate an object, which I like, and that is to hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows. I am going to go ahead and select this starburst, hold down Option, and you will see I get a little cursor change that's showing me I am going to get a duplicate. So I am going to hold down the Option key and start dragging.
I am going to hold down Shift just to keep it constrained on one axis, and I am going to move it right about there, and then that Duplicate keyboard shortcut is Command+Option+Shift+D, all three keys, Ctrl+Alt+Shift or Command+Option+Shift+D. You will see that it duplicates and moves that new duplicate the same amount as the first one. So this is a poor man's step-and-repeat. Okay. So now if I select all four of these, hold down the Option key, or Alt on Windows, and start dragging copies of all four of these, and maybe right about like so, and then duplicate again, Command+ Option+Shift+D. It remembers that now I had moved the images down.
So kind of a cool way to get a step-and-repeat effect using a combination of the two different versions of the Duplicate command, the Option or Alt+Drag an image, and then the keyboard shortcut to follow it up, Command+Option+Shift, or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D.
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