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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Helpful, Uncommon Uses for Quick Apply in InDesign

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Any designer worth her salt knows about Quick Apply in InDesign — but I have a few other uses for Quick Apply that often surprise InDesign users.

A brief refresher for those unfamiliar with this tool: Quick Apply lets you “quickly apply” menu commands without keyboard shortcuts or straying from the keyboard. How?

Simply press Cmd+Return (or Ctrl+Enter on a PC), tab or arrow down to the command you want, and press Return/Enter to select it.

You can also filter through the (rather large) menu by typing the first few letters of the command in the search window.

Quick Apply is most commonly used to apply paragraph and character styles to text selections. All well and good—but there are additional uses that make this feature even more valuable, especially for designers who live and breathe in the keyboard.

Watch this free episode of InDesign Secrets and learn how to use Quick Apply to insert special characters, indent text, create links, show and hide guides and edges, and more.

My cohost, David Blatner, will be here next week with a tip on uncovering InDesign’s “magical” font folders.

 

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