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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.
That Selection tool in InDesign is the most popular tool. You're are going to be using it the most of course and you can actually get to it from any other tool temporarily. So for example, I'm in the Text tool, I have double-clicked on this text frame, and switched to the Text tool. I can now select and edit my text. Let's say that I need to reposition this text frame while I'm editing it, but I don't want to actually have to switch to Selection tool, move it, and then switch back to the Text tool. You can do this easily on the Mac. You hold down the Command key and on the PC you would hold down the Ctrl key and this gives you the Selection tool temporarily.
You can see cursor has changed. I can click and now drag on that text frame and reposition it. And when I let go of the modifier key, I'm back in the last tool I was using. In this case it was the Text tool. If I hit the Escape key that's your way to get out of the Text tool, back to the Selection tool, so it's pretty handy. If I have my Rectangle tool let's say and I draw a rectangle and I want to move that rectangle right after I created it, I am going to hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key in Windows, reposition that, figure out where I want it on the page, let go, I'm back in my Rectangle tool and I can keep trying new rectangles.
So there you have it a very quick easy way to switch from any tool to the Selection tool temporarily, by holding on the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows.
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