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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.
This next step can really help you out in jamb. So maybe you've come across a feature and you've seen someone demo it, or you read about it in an article at some point. But then several weeks or months go by, you kind of forget about it and then right in the middle of a project, you are like oh, there is that command, where is that? I can't find out, or what menu it's under, or what panel it's under. Where is that command? Well it turns out there is a very quick way for you to discover that in InDesign. It's your good friend Quick Apply. Now, Quick Apply is typically used to apply styles to text or objects, just by invoking the Quick Apply command and typing the first few characters of the style that you want to apply, than hitting return.
Well, it turns out Quick Apply can look for more than just styles. As a refresher to invoke the Quick Apply command, you hold on Command and press Return, or Ctrl+Enter on Windows. I'm going to go and delete all the text here and show you the Quick Apply options menu here and you can see that there is quiet a few things in here other than just styles, and this is the one I'm talking about, Include Menu Commands. So, if this is turned on, which it is by default, a check mark, that means you can type in the name of the command that you are thinking about.
So, I know that there is a fitting command. I want this image to fit in its frame but I'm not sure where that command is. So, if I just start typing frame fitting, check it out. You can actually see all the menu commands that are relevant to that search term. The very first one I find is Object menu > Fitting > Frame Fitting Options. Excellent. That's exactly what I want. I click on it and it brings open the dialog. So, you don't really have to memorize which menu something is under. Just hit Quick Apply, start typing the name of the menu command you want, hit Return and that's going to open the resulting dialog box for you.
So, a nice, great, kind of hidden secret way to use Quick Apply to find what you're looking for.
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