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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, there is a frequent feature request that comes up when we talk about the File > Place command or the Multi-File Place command. Let's go ahead and set that up, Command+D or Ctrl+D, and let's go ahead and select a range of files here. I am going ahead and select this one. I'll hold down the Command or Ctrl key to select in between images. I am going to get the Garden image and then say Seasons_01 and Seasons_02. Good. So, I have got five images here. Go ahead and click Open and the feature request is, in addition to seeing with a thumbnail of the image which is helpful, they want to be able to see the filename of the image, maybe right there under the cursor.
Unfortunately, you can't see it there on the cursor, but there is a way, there is a workaround to actually see the name of the file of the current image in the Place cursor. Where you got to do that is the Links panel. So I am going to go over to the Links panel here on the right, where I have it. If it's not on the right in your machine, you can just go to Window and choose Links. And if we go to the Links panel, you'll see that the file that's currently active in our Place cursor here, the first item in the list here under the Links panel, is Garden.jpg and it's got a page indicator there of LP.
So, Loaded Place cursor. That's what the LP stands for. So, if I use my Right Arrow key to go to the next file in the list, in the cursor here, you'll see that it's highlighted in the Links panel. It says Seasons_01.jpg and again, LP for Loaded Place gun or Loaded Place cursor. So, you actually truly see the name of the file. As I go just through arrow keys, you'll see that the active file in the place cursor just continues to shift and be highlighted and show you LP. So there is a way to do it. Pretty handy. Just need to have that Links panel open as you cycle through your Place cursor with your arrow keys.
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