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A great method for reducing the number of clicking and mousing around you are going to have to do inside the application everyday is to learn and memorize the tool shortcuts, the letters that are assigned to every single tool. So you can just tap a letter on the keyboard and switch to the tool that you're thinking about. You can see over here on the left is the Default tools panel arrangement, arranged vertically in a single column, and every tool has a name and of course, the important ones have a letter assigned to them. So, if I hover over a tool and pause for a second, I will get a little tooltip telling me the name of the tool and the letter that's been assigned to that.
So we're just going to run through these very quickly. V is the current tool I'm on, the Selection tool. If I press the letter A on my keyboard-- And I'm not holding any other modifier keys down. Just type in a letter. A is the Direct Selection tool, P is the Pen tool, T is the Type tool, so a lot of these make sense. That's good. N is the Pencil tool, a little annunciation there in the letter. F is the Rectangular Frame tool, so F for frame. M for the Rectangle tool. Kind of matching Photoshop's M for Rectangular Marque tool.
So, we can see between the Applications Adobe tries to make them match as much as possible. L is the Ellipse tool or Elliptical Frame tool. R is Rotate, S is Scale, C is Scissors, E is the Free Transform tool, G is Gradient, I is the Eyedropper and of course, the standard H and Z for the Hand tool and the Zoom tool. Again, learn those tool shortcuts if you haven't already. It really will make you a lot faster inside InDesign.
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