Stop wasting time switching between tools in InDesign – hold down the Apple (aka Command) key to move objects about and the Option/Alt key to move around in your layout with the hand tool. This is especially useful when working with all pallettes closed (as I do sometimes) to conserve screen space and have more room for layout. To close all pallettes, press the tab key once. If you need the pallettes, press tab again to show them.
Sometimes your client wants colour but he/she hesitates about the cost of a full colour print. The only option you have left is use a spot colour (Pantone). But it's limiting your creativity. Well sometimes InDesign helps you being creative by giving you some options.
The Table function in InDesign is very powerfull and I want to do some entries about the possibilities. First of all there are the Stroke options.
When you create a table just like the example above you can determine in the table options the stroke and color and so on. But with the table selected you can click on the stroke pallet and you will have something like the image above. Now what does this mean?
The Align palet let's you align different objects left, right, center, bottom & top. The alignment always takes the object most to the left or to the top as the reference to align the other objects, depending on the alignment you choose.
What if you want to align to a specific object?
Select the object and go to menu Object> Lock position.
When you select the other objects as well as the locked object and use one of the align options the locked object will be the reference point for the alignment.
When several objects are placed one above the other and you want to select the object that is stacked underneath you use the cmd-key (Mac) or the CTRL-key (pc) in combination with the black arrow. With the cmd-key inserted you click and every time you click you select the object that is hidden by the top object. With every click you select the next object below until you hit the canvas and then the show rebegins with the top object.