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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.
Another convenient way to navigate within an InDesign document is to use the visual friendly Pages panel. The reason that's a little bit nicer is that you actually see a little page thumbnails giving you a preview of the page that you are going to navigate to. You don't always know what page you want to go to based on page number alone. So if there's a page that you want to jump to and you see it in the Page panel, simply double-click on that page and you'll jump right to that page. Now keep in mind, jumping to a page, no matter what method you use, whether you are using a keyboard shortcut or double- clicking on the thumbnail or using the document widget, you're never changing your zoom percentage.
That stays fixed until you change the zoom percentage explicitly, with either your keyboard shortcut or the Zoom tool or whatever. So right now we're at 100% view. Whatever page we jump to is going to be at the 100% view when we get there as well. For the two are two separate actions. If there is a page you want to jump to that you can't see in your Pages panel, you'll notice that when you mouse over a blank area in the Pages panel, your cursor has changed to a hand. That means you can actually just grab and scroll the whole list and reveal more pages in your Pages panel.
So that's kind of a nice convenient feature. It avoids having to actually go to specifically the scrollbar there. It also supports scroll wheel support. So if you have a scroll wheel mouse, you can just spin the little scroll wheel to reveal or hide more pages as well. Okay, double-click on another page. It jumps you to that page. Now we have a dilemma here where I have a double page spread, double clicking on one of the pages does exactly what you asked it to do. It puts that page in the center of your screen at the current view, which happens to be 100% right now. Double- click on page 6 and now that page is in the current view.
But what if you want the whole spread to be in the view? Now you can't double-click on more than one page, but you can double-click on the page numbers. So if I double-click on page 3 to jump to that page and then double-click on page 5 and 6, notice what it does is it centers the spread in the middle of your window. So if you wanted the entire spread to be fit into the window as you're jumping around in the Pages panel, what you need to do is change your view to Fit Spread to Window. Then when you double-click on these numbers, each spread will be fit into the window.
So Command+0, Ctrl+0 fits the page to the window. Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+0 fits the spread to the window. So now if I double-click on page 3, you'll notice that it's not exactly centered in my screen anymore, because it's still operating at the spread level. If I double-click on page 5 and 6 by using the numbers, that spread now fits to the window as I'm navigating. So slight little trick there, because it's just to remind you that when you navigate to a page you're not changing your zoom percentage. So set the zoom that you want to be using as you turn pages, then as you turn pages, it will honor that zoom percentage.
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