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The Escape key


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The Escape key

Okay, by now you've probably learned that if you double-click a text frame with the Selection tool, the Black Arrow tool- I'll go ahead and do that, double-click- uou automatically switch to the Text tool and you're inside this text frame, which you can then use to highlight selected the text or edit it or whatever. But now you want to get out of the Text tool and get back to the regular Selection tool. Well, that's easy, right? You just press the letter V, because that's the letter assigned to the Selection tool, right? So I'll press letter V. No, that's not what you want. Because you're in an active text cursor, typing a letter is actually going to enter that letter inside your text frame so go and delete that.

What I want to be able to do is somehow quickly get out of this text editing mode and just get back up to the Regular Selection tool. Now, you could hold down the Command key or the Ctrl key on Windows. That temporarily turns your current tool, whatever it happens to be, in this case it's the Type tool, into the Selection tool. Now, you can click outside of that text frame, let go, but you're still in the Type tool when you let go of that Ctrl key on Windows or the Command key on the Mac. So, there's got to be a different way. I'm going to go and double- click back into the text frame.

This simple shortcut here just to get out of the Type tool and back to the Selection tool is simply press your Escape key, the ESC key on the upper left-hand corner of most keyboards. I'll go ahead and press Escape. That gets you out of the Type tool, puts your selection back at the frame level, so you've got your text frame selected, and you're back to the Selection tool, which is probably what you wanted. Whew!

The Escape key
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The Escape key provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts

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Design
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InDesign
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