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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.
So I tend to work in InDesign with the Preview mode turned on or in the preview mode, if you will. And that's just that nice clean view of your document where it hides all the extra adornments and guides and rulers and things like that. So I'll just press the W key to get out of Preview mode, and now you can start to see what I mean. I can see my column guides now, and my ruler guides, and my frame edges. But each of these items has their own keyboard shortcut to toggle these things on and off when you're working in the normal mode as well. So the first one we will run through is Command+R or Ctrl+R to turn the rulers on and off.
You do need to rulers on in order to be able to create new guides. Well, at least, the easy way, just by clicking and dragging from a ruler out to your page. Right, like that. Go and delete that. But when you don't need to create guides, I don't always need to have my rulers on screen. I'm pretty greedy with screen real estate, so I would like to recapture those pixels when they are not in use. So Command+R or Ctrl+R, will toggle that back on or off. The guides themselves have their own keyboard shortcut as well. So it's Command+Semicolon or Ctrl+ Semicolon on Windows and that will just toggle them on and off. The grid itself can be turned on and off as well.
That's Command+Apostrophe or Ctrl+ Apostrophe to turn the grid on and off. Great. Then frame edges, they have their own keyboard shortcut as well. I am going to turn the guides off just to make it little bit easier to see the frame edges for a second. So Command+Semicolon or Ctrl+Semicolon, and the frame edges that's that gray or grayish blue box around a particular frame there. You see a dotted line around this frame, because that indicates it's on a master page. So I won't be able to turn that off. Now that is something that is a different keyboard shortcut between the Mac and Windows versions of InDesign.
Most of keyboard shortcuts you just swap out Command for Ctrl, but on this one you can actually see on the screen, the Mac version is slightly different. It's Command+Ctrl+H, because Command+H is taken over by the Mac OS. If I just did Command+H right now, that actually hides InDesign. So I am going to bring it back. Command+Ctrl+H will hide your frame edges, and on Windows it's just Ctrl+H. You don't have that hide issue like you do on the Mac. So to bring them back, Command+Ctrl+H and you can toggle that. Again, just as a reminder though, I tend to just keep everything on, so I'll bring the rulers back, and if I'm using a grid, I will even leave the grid on, and rather than having to turn all these things on or off all at once, to get a clean view I just press W again to get to that nice happy place.
W again to bring it back, but it is nice to know that you do have the ability to turn these things on and off when you are working in the normal mode.
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