Hopefully anyone that has been using InDesign for a time will have found this alread but for newbies or those who don't fiddle with apps…
One of the best things about InDesign over Quark for me is the ability to really control your workspace and keep things hidden and within easy reach at all times. I find it's much easier to work when your workspace is uncluttered and only the panels you need are permanently active. The rest I dock to either the left of the right of the screen.
While working on a project speed is often required. The client changes his mind all the time, but you, yes you, have to deliver at the earlier agreed on date. So shortcuts for changing things are handy.
The scroll wheel on your mouse can do more than scroll an InDesign page up and down.
You can also hold down the Shift key down while you turn the wheel to scroll to the left or right. And if you hold down the Command/Ctrl key, InDesign will zoom in and out on your page, focusing on the spot where your cursor is.
Here is a great trick for solving a problem such as this one. This method does not require the use of the InDesign transparency features, therefore no flattening problems will occur when the file is sent for output.
To access more Options for text frames in Adobe InDesign, you can hit Command + B. But a faster way that allows you to keep one hand on the mouse is to simply hold down the Option key while double-clicking the text frame with either the Selection tool or the Direct Select tool.
Did you know that you can customize the Eyedropper tool in Adobe InDesign? Most people are familiar with Photoshop's Eyedropper tool to select colors in an image, and it works pretty much the same in InDesign, except you can pick up and apply more than just colors.
Double click the Eyedropper tool in InDesign for an extensive list of settings you can choose to apply or not apply when using the tool.
Anyone who has had to work on someone elses files has probably run into the problem of having multiple callouts for the same Pantone ink color in the document. For example, You WANT to have Pantone 158 C (for "coated"), but the person who supplied the file has both 158C and 158U (for "uncoated"). This presents a problem at the print shop because the pre-press operator may have to spend valuable time fixing it.