Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Type and edit text, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] I know people who've put away Microsoft Word, and they use InDesign as their word processor. Really! Now it 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. With that said, InDesign does let you type and edit text pretty efficiently. Let me show you how. I want to start some text over here on the left hand side of my page, so I'm going to select this frame and then zoom into 200% by pressing Command + 2 on the Mac, or Control + 2 on Windows.
Now, I'd like to place my text cursor inside this story. But instead of going all the way over to the tool panel to select my type tool, I'm going to use a short cut. I'm simply going to double click with a selection tool. That tells InDesign to switch to the type tool and place the cursor where I double click, right down here. Now I have noticed that sometimes the cursor moves to the wrong position, but, it does switch to the type tool, and then you can click to where you want to go to. Now, if you want to select the frame again, all you have to do is press the escape key on the keyboard.
That switches back to the selection tool. Okay, I double clicked again to put my cursor back in this text, and so I'm inside that text frame, and the cursor is flashing, and everyone knows that you can click and drag to select some text, right? And you probably know that you can double click on a word to select it, but in InDesign, you also have triple clicks and quadruple clicks. A triple click selects the entire line. Not a sentence, but that one line from the left margin to the right. And a quadruple click selects the entire paragraph.
You have to be a little coordinated to do that. You go, one, two, three, four. There we go. I have the entire paragraph now. Now there are also some keyboard shortcuts that you should try to memorize when working with text. First, Command + A or Control + A on Windows. That selects all the text in your story. There we go, the whole story is selected now. Now the opposite is Command + Shift + A, or Control + Shift + A on Windows. That deselects everything. It even deselects the frame. That's a good one to remember. Whenever you need to deselect everything on your page, Command or Control + Shift + A.
Okay, here is a couple of other shortcuts that you should know. I'm going to click back into the middle of this paragraph here, and then the Home button on my keyboard goes all the way to the beginning of the line. Did you see that? And the End button on the keyboard goes to the end of the line. That can be helpful, but what I use most often is adding the Command or the Control key. So Command + Home goes all the way to the beginning of the story, way up here. And of course, the opposite is End. Command End goes all the way to the end of the story, which you can see down here.
Now, plus if you add the Shift key to any of those shortcuts InDesign will select instead of just moving there. Here, let me show you. I'll zoom back to fit the whole spread in my window by pressing Command + Option + 0 or Control + Alt + 0 on Windows. Now, I'll click inside this paragraph here. And if I want to select from that point all the way to the end of the story, I simply press Command + Shift + End, or Control + Shift + End on Windows. That Shift key trick is really handy when you're trying to select text or format it.
Editing text right on your document page is acceptable, but it's not always very efficient. In a later chapter, we're going to learn about the story editor feature, which can make editing text much simpler, and it still takes advantage of all of these shortcuts.
- Creating a new layout
- Inserting pages
- Adding text
- Inserting graphics
- Applying color and transparency
- Drawing and editing frames and paths
- Formatting objects
- Formatting text
- Creating styles for uniform formatting
- Building tables
- Adding links and interactivity
- Printing and exporting InDesign documents