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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.
So let's say that when you navigate from page to page in your document, you actually want to navigate from spread to spread, where you're seeing both pages at the same time, instead of just the left-hand page or the right-hand page or one page at a time. So to set this up, let's just create a temporary document here. I am going to create new document from the Welcome Screen, and we'll just type in 30 pages. Let's say there's Facing Pages turned on. Great! Click OK and we've got a 30 page document. Let's go ahead and put some page numbers on the master page, some automatic page number, so we can actually see what page we are on when we navigate. We'll go to the master page here, and I'll get my Text tool.
I am just going to go ahead and drag the text frame, and I am going to insert the current page number marker by right- clicking, control-clicking, if I don't have a two button mouse, and saying Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number. It actually has its own keyboard shortcut, Command+Option+Shift+N or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+N. That gives me the letter A, because I'm currently on the A-Master page. Let's make it really big, perfect, and then we'll just Option+Drag or Alt+Drag that to the other page. Now when I turn to page 1, I'll see page 1, and when I double-click on page 2, I'll see page 2 and so forth. Okay, so let's go back to our first page in the document. We'll press the Home key to do so.
You've probably learned by now that Page Up and Page Down just takes you one screen at a time, so it's not what we want. Press Home key again to get back to where we started. Shift+Page Up and Page Down navigates from page to page, so you can see I'm centering page 4 on my screen, then centering page 5 on my screen, then page 6, then page 7 and so forth. Go back to Home to begin. What I want is to be able to navigate from spread to spread. So instead of Shift, use Option on the Mac or Alt on Windows. Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up or Down will go one spread at a time, very handy.
So you have lots of flexibility depending on the type of document you're creating. You can either go one screen, one page, or one spread, you're just adding different modifier keys to your Page Up or Page Down keys. There you have it, lots of flexibility.
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