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Use InDesign Tool Shortcuts while editing text

This tip inspired by a good question from wmmarc:

I'm sure there must be some simple (probably obvious) way to get from typing text to the Move tool, or any other tool for that matter... When I press the Space bar to move the artboard or Type 'V' to get the Move Tool all that happens is that I've entered in a 'space' or 'v' and have to correct myself.

The Solution: Add your own text-friendly shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcuts and switch the Product Area to Tools. Then scroll down to find the tool you need a new shortcut for. Click inside the New Shortcut field and with the Context as Text, type the shortcut you want. Make sure you use a modifier key such as Command and then a letter. For instance, use Ctrl-Shift-Cmd-V for the Selection tool.

You will now have two different shortcuts. The single letter can be used when you’re outside a text frame, and the longer one when you’re inside the frame.

Note: I created a small InDesign Tool Shortcut Cheatsheet if anyone wants to keep all these shortcuts handy.

Source: The original author of this tip was Sandee Cohen.

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Bakari's picture
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Even though I'm still learning InDesign and because I'm a heavy mouse user, I use an application called Steermouse (http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/) which enables me to program my mouse so that certain clicks will activate certain controls in different applications. Since the Text and Move tool are two items I seem to access a lot in InDesign, I have Steermouse set up to activate those tools with just one click (V) for Move and a left scroll (T) for Text.

I'm still using Apple's little old Mighty Mouse, but I bet if I were to look into a more advance 3rd party mouse, I might could do even more with Steermouse. It's a great time saver.

fidel's picture
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Why make a stupid shortcut when InDesign has already a shortcut to switch from the text tool to the move toll.

When you are in a textblock with your text cursor, hold down the command (Mac) /Control (PC) key down and hoover over the limits of your text block and you can move your text block.

CreativeTechs's picture
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You are right. The Command/Control key is the easiest way to temporarily access the move tool when editing text.

For the record: The Option/Alt key is the quick way to temporarily access the Hand tool for scrolling while editing text.

I do like setting up alternative shortcuts too. But maybe I'm being too clever for my own good.

-Craig

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peterB's picture
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Yeah, but look at what happens: you can select the box with the command key and move it, but what if that's not the box you want to move? And even then 3 things happen: 1) after you let go of the command key, the text tool is still selected; 2) Select on another box, say a graphic and the text tool is still selected; 3) That shortcut doesn't know that the boxes are part of a group. It's like a direct selection then. Doesn't work for me.

The original tip does and here's why: I'm rebuilding a catalog with about 15-45 product graphics per page. I need them to flow, which means I need to anchor them into the text. I need the tool to change via keyboard or otherwise I'll spend all day precisely moving my cursor back to the tool box to select the selection tool in order to copy the next grouped box and anchor it into the text.

Tedium universe! Thanks for the original shortcut tip and never doubt that someone out there - like me - can make use of these fundamental shortcuts!

Russell Viers@creativebits.org's picture
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The manual tells you to use the space bar to access the hand tool when doing anything other than working with type, and use the Option/Alt when your insertion point is in the type.

If you don't want to keep track of where you are before banging on either key, just use 'em both. Hold down the Option/Alt AND the spacebar ALL the time and you'll have your hand tool.

As for the shortcuts, I have all mine customized for the tools, too. I prefer using the Option/Alt as the operator as it is so little used for shortcuts. So my tools are Opt + V, Opt. + A, etc.

And...I use the Command/Control, as well.

That's what I love about Adobe...they give us so many ways to achieve the same end.

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