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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.
On any given layer in an InDesign document, there is a stacking order for the objects on that layer. So if you take a look at the Layers panel, here I have Layer 1. I have a master items layer as well, but Layer 1. All the items that you see on this page for the most part are on Layer 1 and they are in a particular stacking order. That stacking order is determined by the order that those objects were created. If you've never used any of the Arrange commands, and by Arrange I mean Send to Back, Bring to Front, and so forth. So if you don't use any of those commands, the objects are stacked in the order that they were created or placed on the page.
That can make it difficult sometimes to actually get to the object that you want to actually work on or edit. So for instance, I want to select this text frame here, but when I click, it turns out there's quite a few objects in front of that text frame. So I need some quick ways to dive in through objects to get to the item that I actually care about. Couple of different ways to do that. There are contextual menus and keyboard shortcuts. If you right-click or Ctrl-click with your mouse on any particular item on the page, you will get a contextual menu, and one of the menu commands here is Select.
You will see I've got some selection shortcuts here, First Object Above, Next Object Above, and so forth. The one that might come in handy here is either Last Object Below or the Next Object Below, since I have targeted that top object. And you can see, if you care, there are actual keyboard shortcuts for this. Command+Option+Left Bracket, Ctrl+Alt+ Left Bracket on Windows, or the Next Object Above, Command+Option+Right Bracket or Ctrl+Alt+Right Bracket. Great, easy shortcuts, if you memorize them. The contextual menus might be the better way to go.
But if you remember these, you can certainly take advantage of them. So let's go ahead and do that. I'll hit the Escape key just to get out of that contextual menu. So Command+Option+Left Bracket or Ctrl+ Alt+Left Bracket will select the next object behind the current object. So I can just go all the way down. I'll just press that four or five times there, until eventually I got to that text frame. So it kind of just walks through the stacking order of the objects every time you press that keyboard shortcut. So Command+Option+Right Bracket or Ctrl+Alt+Right Bracket goes opposite direction, and you can walk back up the stacking order. Okay.
There is a quicker way to get through items that are stacked on top of each other. So the first click of course is going to hit the top object. But if you just hold down the Command key or Ctrl key on Windows and continue to click, you will select through the objects stack and get to the object you are looking for. So that's probably the best way to go about it. Just hold down Command or Ctrl and keep clicking until you get to the item you are looking for.
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