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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.
All right. Working with text in InDesign is just something you do all day, every day when you're an active InDesign user. It's your bread-and-butter activity, and I am going to encourage you to use that Control panel once again. So let's go ahead and dive into a particular text frame. I'm now in Text Edit mode and you can see that the Control panel has changed to text editing characteristics. So up there, the A in the left hand corner is now active. That is the Character Formatting mode, and you can see there's a button right below it called Paragraph Formatting and you can click manually to go back and forth between those two modes, but I find knowing the keyboard shortcut is often a faster way to do that without having to take my mouse away from the current text selection location.
So the keyboard shortcut to toggle the Control panel between Character Formatting and Paragraph Formatting when you have a text selection is Command+Option+7 or Ctrl+Alt+7 and you can see it just switched back and forth as a toggle between the two. This saves you a trip from having to open from the Window>Type & Tables section, the Character panel and the Paragraph panel. I don't need those separate panels because pretty much all that functionality that you might need from those panels is located in these two modes of the Control panel. So once again, Command+Option+7, Ctrl+Alt+7 will toggle you back and forth between those two modes. Very handy.
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