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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.
There is one thing about InDesign that it doesn't have a shortage of and that's a number of different ways you can use to zoom in and out of a document. Lots of different methods. I'm just going to cut right to the chase and give you my favorites, even though there are a lot other ways to do it. So the ones that I use most often, I use the keyboard. I don't actually switch to the Magnifying Glass tool very often, or I certainly don't use the View menu commands. That just takes way too much time mousing around there. I do everything with the keyboard, and there's two different methods based on whether or not you have something selected or not.
So, here I am. I have my page currently at 100%, there is nothing selected, and I'm just going to go arbitrary amounts, by going up a little bit or going down a little bit. So, Ctrl+Plus and Minus, Command+Plus and Minus. So, Command+Plus and that just centers the zoom from the center of the page, because that's what I was currently zoomed in on before we started here. So, I'm just doing Command+Plus, Command+Minus to go that way. Now, if I've zoomed way in and I want to get back the Fit to Window View very quickly, instead of having to do Command or Ctrl+Minus a bunch of times, then I'm going to do Command+0 or Ctrl+0 on Windows, and that puts me in the Fit to Window View, okay.
Now, you'll notice this particular page or set of pages here is actually a double page spread, pages 5 and 6 are spread here, so I don't want to just fit page 5 into my view, I want to fit the spread into view. So, remember the Option key or the Alt key on Windows is the make better key. When you add it to existing keyboard shortcuts, it tends to make them better. So Command+Option+0, Ctrl+Alt+0, and that fits the spread to the View. Kind of a nice trick there to go between page versus the entire spread.
You also have specific keyboard shortcuts for specific increments. So, if I want to go back to 100%, Command+1, Command+2 for 200%. Ctrl+2 on Windows. Command+4 for 400%. Now, I didn't have anything selected, so we're just zooming from the center of my window. So that's why I'm seeing the middle of the spread here. You can see the zoom percentage reflected here at 400% in the tab of the document window, and also up here in the outboard it tells you what the current zoom percentage is there as well. I'm going to go back to Command+0, Ctrl+0, to fit the spread into the view.
Now, that's page 6, so I'm going to go ahead and Command+Option+0, Ctrl+Alt+0 to fit the spread. If I have a selected item, one of my favorite little things about InDesign is that it honors the selected item, and bases the zooming on that selected item. So, it's going to put that in the center of the screen. This is something I wish Illustrator would do. I find it very, very helpful, and a very quick way to zoom in on a particular piece of content that you want to start working on at a larger or smaller view. So I have got that text frame selected there. If I do Command+4, or Ctrl+4, it zooms up and makes that 400% and puts that in the middle of my screen.
Command+2, 200%, Command+1, 100%, and it works for multiple selections as well. So if I select these two things, it's going to fit or position the view all around those selected items. So, Command+4 does it from the center, now it's bigger than this monitor kind of allow for, so Command+2, Command+1, you guys get the idea. So, I find that using the Command+Plus and Minus or Command 1, 2 and 4 plus the Command+0 and Command+Option+0, those are the great, fastest ways of zooming in and out of a document, and of course, if you are on Windows, just substitute Command for Ctrl and Option for Alt. There you have it.
You'll find that you'll not end up using the Zoom tool all that much. Because you just have very quick ways to do this with keeping your hands on the keyboard. I'll finish this off by doing Command+ 0 to fit that page back into our view.
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