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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 is a shortcut that can save you time while you're creating new page items. So I am going to get my Text tool, and I want to drag out a new text frame from the left margin over to this second column I have got over here, a ruler guide that I've drawn out, and I wanted to start at the top of the margin as well. So I am going to line up the cursor where I think it needs to be to actually do this. I am going to start pressing and dragging. And then you can see that it didn't quite line up with the top of that margin guide. So rather than stop what I'm doing and then go get my Selection tool and resize that frame, as long as you still have the mouse down, which I do here, if you hold the spacebar down, that lets you temporarily reposition this object as you're creating it.
So I can just move it up so it's lined up with that margin guide. I let go the spacebar and I keep dragging. So a very nice handy tool to reposition the item you're creating while you're creating it. If I go over and get my Rectangle tool let's say and again, I start clicking and dragging to drag out a rectangle, and I decide that that's not the right location, just hold down the spacebar while you still have the mouse down, and you can reposition that object where you want it. Let go the spacebar and keep dragging out to complete your new page item creation. So a pretty handy shortcut there.
Just hold down the spacebar while you're dragging as you create a new page item. It lets you reposition it. When you are happy with where it's going to end up, let go of that spacebar and keep dragging.
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