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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.
There are lots of different things you can do to customize a text frame. For instance, you can add multiple columns to a single text frame and change the space between columns or, like in this example, actually add some padding or inset to the text frame. So it stands to reason you might want a couple of quick ways to get to the Text Frame Options dialog. So that keyboard shortcut is Command+B or Ctrl+B to open up the Text Frame Options dialog box, where you can see the number of columns, the space between each columns, the numeric width of the column, and also the inset spacing of the padding. I'm going to go ahead and click OK.
The other method, if you don't want to memorize the keyboard shortcut is to just remember the make-better key: Option or Alt. Double-click on a text frame. Opens up the same dialog box. So either a keyboard shortcut or Option+Double-click will bring that up. So let's go ahead and turn on Preview and we'll go ahead and add say two columns to that, change the gutter space to be a little bit wider, and you get an idea of what those text frame options can be. So really quick techniques to open up the Text Frame Options dialog box.
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