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Reviewing Control panel shortcuts

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Video: Reviewing Control panel shortcuts

You have probably heard me say it before and you will hear it again, the best way to get efficient in InDesign is to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible and that means learning the keyboard shortcuts. And because the Control panel is one of the most important tools in InDesign, learning the shortcuts for managing it well is crucial. For example, if I hold on Command+Option and press 6 on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+6 on Windows, it hides the Control panel. Press it again and it shows the Control panel. That's one that you are not going to use too often but it is useful when you really need to maximize your screen real estate.

Reviewing Control panel shortcuts

You have probably heard me say it before and you will hear it again, the best way to get efficient in InDesign is to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible and that means learning the keyboard shortcuts. And because the Control panel is one of the most important tools in InDesign, learning the shortcuts for managing it well is crucial. For example, if I hold on Command+Option and press 6 on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+6 on Windows, it hides the Control panel. Press it again and it shows the Control panel. That's one that you are not going to use too often but it is useful when you really need to maximize your screen real estate.

Here is the one that I use all the time. I select an object on my page and then I press Command+6 on the Mac or Ctrl+ 6 on Windows. That jumps right to the first field in the Control panel. I use that all the time. Then once my cursor is there, once the focus is in that first field, I can press Tab to move forward through each of those fields or Shift+Tab to move back. This is very, very useful and a great way to move through InDesign quickly while keeping your hands on the keyboard. Now as I move through this you will notice I am selecting each of those fields, then I press Tab again and it actually selects the button up here, this Link button. That's pretty interesting. You can actually change the status of buttons in the Control panel simply by tabbing over to them and then hitting the Return or Enter key.

Here I will press Return or Enter and it links that button. It's as though I actually clicked on top of the button. I will go back there Command+6 or Ctrl+6 on Windows, tab over to it and I could hit Return or Enter again, but let me show you a trick. I am going to hold down the Shift key when pressing Return or Enter. So Shift+Enter or Shift+Return actually changes the status of button and keeps the focus on the button. That means I can turn it on and then Shift+Tab back and change the size of this. For example, I will set this to 5 inches, hit Tab and you can see that it actually changes both the height and the width.

Let's make it little bit more dramatic. I will change this to 8 inches, hit Enter and you can see that it changes both the height and width proportionally because that Link button was turned on. So very handy to be able to turn on and off buttons and we will see that even more in just a moment, because I want to show you how you can change the Control panel to show the type formatting. Right now, I have this object selected with the Selection tool, so the Control panel only shows me the Selection tool features, that is, the size and the height and the width and the scale and all of that. But if I press the T key, which of course switches to the Type tool, then the Control panel updates because it's context driven. I now have the object selected but the Type tool is selected as well.

So the Control panel shows me the Type features. Now when I do a Command+6 or Ctrl+6, it jumps up to the Control panel up to the first field, which is the Font field. So let's say I want to change this to Minion Pro. I just type 'min' and as soon as I hit Tab or Enter it will change. I will press Tab to go to the next field and you will see that the font changes right here on my page. Now I am down on the second field of the Control panel because I tabbed over to it. I will just type the letter I. It guesses that I want Italic, I hit Tab again and then it takes effect there on the page. Now I can change the size.

Let's make this 45 points instead. This time I am going to tab over twice and I have now actually selected the buttons over here. I tabbed over to the buttons of the Control panel. Now once I am in this little button field, this little area that has all these buttons in it, I can move through those buttons by pressing the arrow keys on my keyboard. So I will move over, you see it's highlighting just that part. I will move down by pressing the down arrow, down to the Small Caps button. I will do a Shift+Enter and remember what that does? It applies that button. It's as though I clicked on the button but I didn't actually use the mouse at all.

I just Shift+Return or Shift+Enter, selects the button and keeps the focus up there. Now I can hit Tab again to go over to the Kerning area and then tab again to go to Tracking. I will make this a little tighter, maybe 20 units, and finally I will hit Enter or Return and when you hit Enter or Return without the Shift key, it actually jumps out of the Control panel of course and then we are done. So I have applied all that text formatting without selecting any of the text inside the frame. I actually selected a frame itself and therefore all the text formatting was applied to all the text inside the frame and I did all of that using the Control panel with my hands on the keyboard. Very, very efficient.

Now what if I want to change the paragraph attributes of that text.? Right now, the Control panel is showing me the Character attributes. I want to switch over to the Paragraph attributes. I could move my cursor all the way across the screen and click on this little Paragraph button over there, but no. I want to keep my hands on the keyboard. So we are learning keyboard shortcuts. I am going to press Command+Option+7 on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+7 on Windows and that switches over to the Paragraph. That's actually a toggle. It goes back and forth. Press it again and it goes back to the Character attributes and I press it again and I am back to the Paragraph attributes.

Now Command+6 or Ctrl+6 on Windows, jumps up to the first field and I can Tab through here and you can see that there are all kinds of options there. I have Shift+Tabbed back here, in fact I will Shift+Tab over to the horizontal alignment and I want to -- let's say I want to center align this, so I will hit the Right Arrow to move over to the next one in that list. Hit Return or Enter and it applies it to that and jumps out of the Control panel. I am going to press the V key to jump back to the Selection tool because I want to show a couple more things about the Control panel, little cool shortcuts.

One is that the proxy panel or that proxy figure, that reference point up at the upper left corner of the Control panel. That too can be controlled with your keyboard. I will press Command+6 or Ctrl+6 on Windows and instead of pressing Tab to move forward I will press Shift+ Tab to move back and you can see that the reference point, this little icon up here is now selected, the focus is now on that. I can change where that reference point is, which one of those dots has a little black dot in it, by using the arrow keys on my keyboard. So I will press the Right Arrow and I will go to the center point. Up arrow and it goes up to the top and now it's a little bit hard to see that little tiny icon, but trust me it's there and you can control that with the keyboard shortcuts.

If you have an extended keyboard, one that actually has a numeric keypad built into it, you can use that numeric keypad to choose one of those reference points as well. For example, I will press the 1 on the numeric keypad and it jumps to the lower left corner of reference point. 9 it jumps to the upper right. So that's a very fast way. Let's say I wanted to set the left edge of this at exactly the left edge of the page at zero. So I could press 7 to jump over to the upper left corner then Tab and I will just type zero and now I have told InDesign to change the X coordinate, the horizontal coordinate of the left point to zero. Hit Enter and it moves it over.

Earlier I mentioned what the Shift+ Enter or Shift+Return does in the Control panel. It changes the value and keeps the focus in that field, but let me tell you what happens if you use Option or Alt instead. Let me show you. I am going to select an object, let's say I will select this image down here. Let me zoom this 200% with Command+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows. Let me delete this. I am just going to delete that so I have some room to move this over. I am going to make a duplicate of this over here and the way I am going to do that is by doing Command+6, I will press Command+6 or Ctrl+6 on Windows and I am going to change the X coordinate of this to let's say four inches, but in this case instead of pressing Enter to actually move it over, I am going to hold down the Option key on the Mac or Alt on Windows when I press Return and you will see that it moves it over to four inches and duplicates that. So I have duplicated the object while moving it over. Very, very handy.

The Option or Alt key works in all of the fields in the Control panel. For example, I can rotate this object maybe 15 degrees and you can see that it rotated around the upper left corner or I could come back up here and rotate this back to -15 degrees. This changes to -15 degrees and in this case, I will hold down the Option or Alt key on Windows and press Return and it rotates it and duplicates that. I know this seems like a lot of arcane keyboard shortcuts but trust me, the more you keep your hands on the keyboard, the more efficient you are going to be and the faster you are going to get your work done.

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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