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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.
As you might have guessed, there are of course, keyboard shortcuts in InDesign for increasing font size or type size. Let's go ahead and select this headline here. I will go ahead and drag to select it. Right now it's set to 24 point. You can see that in the character attributes of the Control panel here. My type size is set to 24. So there are keyboard shorts for this, Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift and then greater-than or less-than on your keyboard, the period or comma keys or the greater-than and the less-than symbols. So if I want the font size or the type size to get bigger, Command+Shift, Ctrl+Shift, greater-than, and you can see it jumps up in two-point increments, so here it's 24. If we take a look at this font field here, the size field as we are using the keyboard shortcut, you will see an increment from 24 to 26 to 28 and so forth.
So Command+Shift+> or Command+Shift +<, Ctrl+Shift+> or Ctrl+Shift+<. Now you might wonder, "Why is it jumping up in two-point increments instead of one- point increments?" We will get to that in just a minute. If you want to accelerate it and then go in ten-point increments or five times greater than the two-point increment, just add another modifier key to your shortcut. So Command+Option+Shift, Ctrl+Alt+Shift, hold down all three and then greater-than or less-than makes the font size jump up in ten points instead of two points. So again if you are wondering where that increment comes from, that's actually set in a Preference.
If I open up my Preferences panel, Command+K or Ctrl+K, and look at the Type Attributes here or Units & Increments actually. If you go to Units & Increments, and let's find that right there. Great. Under the Keyboard Increments, this is where the value is coming from, for that keyboard shortcut. Now the default is 2 points for Size and Leading as well as Baseline Shift, for its corresponding keyboard shortcut and then Kerning and Tracking, I have already changed it to 5, 1000 of an em because I want a little bit more control than the default value of 20, 1000 of an em.
So I am just kind of a neat freak there, control freak. I want to have a little smaller increments. So you may opt to have this be one point at a time for both Baseline Shift and Size and Leading. It's completely up to you. Let's go and change it back to 1 here and go and click OK and now we will use that same keyboard shortcut, Command+ Shift+> or Command+Shift+<, and now you are seeing it changing in one-point increments instead of two-points increments. So it's completely up to you, and you have got some great keyboard shortcuts for changing there and then you can actually change what amount each time you press the keyboard shortcut your font willing to go up or down, by just changing that in your Units & Increments preferences.
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