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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
I know people who have put away Microsoft Word and they use InDesign as their word processor. Really! That does seem a bit extreme to me. I mean if you need an alternate word processor that works well with InDesign, you should probably be using Adobe's InCopy software. But that said, InDesign does let you type and edit text pretty efficiently, let's see how. I want to select some text over here so I am going to zoom in with my Command+Spacebar or Ctrl+Spacebar shortcut and I would like to place my text cursor inside this story.
Instead of going all the way over to the tool panel to select my Type tool, I am going to use a shortcut. This is a shortcut that you are going to be using over and over again, so it's a good one to learn, it's pretty easy double-click. That's all you need to do, double-click with the Selection tool and it automatically switches to the Type tool and places the cursor exactly what you double-clicked. So, for example, if I click before this letter B, you'll see that it switches to the Type tool and places the cursor right there, before the B. It's really easy and it's so helpful to be able to do that quickly.
Now since I am talking about shortcuts, I do want to mention that you can go back to the Selection tool easily as well by pressing the Escape key on the keyboard. If you press Escape, it goes back and selects the text frame with the Selection tool, the tool actually changes in the tool panel as well. So double-click to switch to the Type tool and Escape to go back. Now I just double-clicked again so I'm inside the text frame and the cursor is flashing and everybody knows that you can click and drag over text to select it. And you probably know that you can double-click on a word to select just one word.
But in InDesign you also have triple-clicks and quadruple-clicks. A triple-click selects an entire line, not a sentence, but one line from the left edge to the right. A quadruple-click selects the entire paragraph, you have to be a little bit coordinated to do that, one, two, three, four, there you go, select the entire paragraph. But if you really want to be efficient when working with text in InDesign, you want to learn some keyboard shortcuts. Keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible. For example, now that all of this is selected I can press the Left Arrow to go all the way to the beginning of that paragraph.
If I press Command+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Down Arrow on Windows, it jumps to the beginning of the next paragraph. You see that it actually shifted my screen view a little bit to jump down to the next paragraph. Command+Up Arrow or Ctrl+Up Arrow jumps to the previous paragraph, and so on. Command or Ctrl Left and Right arrow let's me move one word at a time or pressing the End key or the Home key on your keyboard goes to the end of the line or the beginning of the line. Often you want to use all of these keyboard shortcuts in conjunction with the Shift key.
Because when you hold down the Shift key with those keyboard shortcuts it actually selects text. For example, if I want to select this entire paragraph I'll press Command+Shift+Down Arrow or Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow on Windows. That selects the whole paragraph with keeping my hands on the keyboard. I'll press the Left Arrow to go back to the beginning and I can press Command+Shift+Right Arrow a few times and you'll see that now I'm selecting one word at a time. Now this is all very similar to selecting text in most applications, but InDesign does have one little thing something we call the keyboard dance that you should know about.
Here is how it works, I am going to select this text from the word They to both. Now when I hold down Command+Shift and use the Right Arrow I start selecting words and it starts it on the right side. It starts it on the right side because I hit the Right Arrow first. Now let's say I want to add that word masticated. I love that word, chewing something up, you chew it up; you masticate it. I want to add that word to my selection; I can't get to it right now because every time I use the Left Arrow, I start deselecting words.
Well, in order to add more text to the beginning, I have to let go of the Shift key and hold it down again and now start with the Left Arrow. That's how you start adding text to the beginning of the selection. Every time you lift up the Shift key it resets and the next arrow key you press tells InDesign which direction you want to go in. So if I want to add more text to the right side, I let go the Shift key and then place again and then start with the Right Arrow and now I'm adding to the right, or removing text from the right.
Let go the Shift key, add it again and now I'm working on the left, because I'm pressing the left key. So that's what we call the keyboard dance and you get used to it, it seems strange at first, but you get used to it, kind of becomes second nature. Editing text right on the document page is acceptable, but it's not always very efficient. Later on in this chapter we're going to learn about the Story Editor feature, which often makes editing text much simpler.
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