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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 have done a lot of space adjustments, so space between letters, either Kerning or Tracking or even word spacing, you may want to find a quick way just to get everything back to zero, the base amount of space, the default amount of space between each letter or word. So let's set this up. Let's go ahead and adjust a lot of the spacing here. We will go ahead and select this headline and I will do a bunch of tracking here. So I will do Command+Option and then Right Arrow to really space out the letter space there, the tracking. We will do the word spacing here and do Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Backslash to really get the word spacing severe.
Now I would never do this but just to kind of illustrate the point. I have got a bunch of custom spacing going on, and heck while we have done the word spacing let's go ahead and do the tracking as well. So Command+Option+Right arrow. Really blowing away the spacing of this document. I want to get this all back to the default spacing of zero. So I am going to go ahead and do a Select All, Command+A, Ctrl+A to select all the text in this particular paragraph or story. And then to get it back to zero, there is one quick shortcut for that. It is Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+Q. Make sure you hold down the Option key there, otherwise you will quit the app.
So Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+Q and that takes you back to the default Kerning Tracking and Word Spacing values. So nice little shortcut there if you're - especially if you are not using Styles, right? If you are using Paragraph Styles you can just click on Paragraph Style and that will use the spacing values as defined by the style. But in this case when you are not using Styles, Command+Option+Q or Ctrl+Alt+Q is just the way to get you back to the default spacing values.
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