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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.
The Select All command is pretty basic. It's kind of a global thing. I want to select everything in my current page. Command+A, Ctrl+A, no big deal. But what if you don't want to select everything in the entire page, you just want to select everything on a specific layer? If you're not using layers yet, I highly encourage you to check them out there. They are a great way to organize a document, especially if you're creating different versions. It's also a great way just to keep organized, keep all your text on one layer called Text, all your background images in the layer called Background, all your guides on another layer called Guides and so forth. You get the idea.
Once you have compartmentalized or organized your document that way, then you can actually use the layer as a convenient way to select all the items on the particular layer. Two ways to do it really. You can right-click or Ctrl-click on the name of layer on the Layers panel and that gives you a contextual menu where you can just choose Select Items on the name of that layer. That does that great. It did not select the other objects on the page, just the objects that were on Layer 1. You notice that there's a little proxy dot or selection dot letting you know that an item on a particular layer has been selected.
So if I deselect by clicking where there is nothing, if I do a Select All Command+A, Ctrl+A, you can see both layers end up getting dots, because there are items on both layers selected. So the second method for selecting all the items on a given layer, it's that old make better key the Option or Alt key. If you Option-click or Alt-click on the name of a layer, that's just a little quicker than the right-clicking and choosing the layer name from the menu. So Option-click, Alt-click on the name of the layer selects all the items on that particular layer. A great trick.
I hope you use it.
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