242 Shortcuts for InDesign CS5

1. Tools

V, Escape

Selection Tool

A

Direct Selection tool

Command+Tab

Toggle Selection and Direct Selection tool

Shift+P

Page tool

U

Gap tool

P

Pen tool

=

Add Anchor Point tool

-

Delete Anchor Point tool

Shift+C

Convert Direction Point tool

T

Type tool

Shift+T

Type On A Path tool

N

Pencil tool (Note tool)

\

Line tool

F

Rectangle Frame tool

M

Rectangle tool

L

Ellipse tool

R

Rotate tool

S

Scale tool

O

Shear tool

E

Free Transform tool

I

Eyedropper tool

K

Measure tool

G

Gradient tool

C

Scissors tool

H

Hand tool

Spacebar (Layout mode), Option (Text mode), /Option+Spacebar (both)

Temporarily select Hand tool

Z

Zoom tool

Command+Space

Temporarily select Zoom In tool

X

Toggle Fill and Stroke

Shift+X

Swap Fill and Stroke

J

Toggle between Formatting Affects Container and Formatting Affects Text

, (comma)

Apply Color

. (period)

Apply Gradient

/

Apply No Color

W

Switch between Normal View and Preview Mode

Shift+G

Gradient Feather tool

2. Selecting and moving objects

Any tool (except selection tools)+Command

Temporarily select Selection or Direct Selection tool (last used)

Direct Selection tool+Alt; / Pen, Add Anchor Point, / Delete Anchor Point tool+Option+Command

Temporarily select Group Selection tool

Esc/ double-click

Select container of selected content

Shift+Esc/ double-click

Select content of selected container

Selection, Direct Selection, / Group Selection tool+Shift-click (to deselect, click center point)

Add to or subtract from a selection of multiple objects

Selection, Direct Selection, / Group Selection tool+Option-drag*

Duplicate selection

Option+Arrow Keys

Duplicate and offset selection

Option+Shift+Arrow Keys

Duplicate and offset selection by 10 times**

Arrow Keys

Move selection**

Command+Shift+Arrow Keys

Move selection by 10th**

Shift+Arrow Keys

Move selection by 10 times**

Selection / Direct Selection tool+Command+Shift-click

Select master page item from document page

Selection tool+Command-click, / Selection tool+Option+Command-click

Select next object behind or in front

Option+Command+Page Down/Page Up

Select next or previous frame in story

Shift+Option+Command+Page Down/Page Up

Select first or last frame in story

3. Transforming Objects

Transformation tool+Option-drag

Duplicate and transform selection

Select object+double-click Scale tool, Rotate tool, / Shear tool in Toolbox

Display Transform tool dialog box

Command+, (comma)

Decrease scale by 1%

Command+. (period)

Increase scale by 1%

Command+Option+. (period)

Increase scale by 5%

Selection tool+Command-drag

Resize frame and content

Selection tool+Shift+Command-drag

Resize frame and content proportionately

Ellipse tool, Polygon tool, / Rectangle tool+Shift-drag

Constrain proportion

Command+Option+Shift+Z

Switch image from High Quality Display to Fast Display

4. Editing Paths and Frames

Direct Selection tool+Option+Command, / Pen tool+Option

Temporarily select Convert Direction Point tool

Option

Temporarily switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tool

Scissors tool+Option

Temporarily select Add Anchor Point tool

Pen tool+Shift

Keep Pen tool selected when pointer is over path or anchor point

Pen tool+Space

Move anchor point and handles while drawing

F10

Display the Stroke panel

5. Working with Tables

Begin dragging row / column border, and then hold down Option as you drag

Insert or delete rows or columns while dragging

Shift-drag interior row / column border

Resize rows or columns without changing the size of the table

Shift-drag right / bottom table border

Resize rows or columns proportionally

Tab/Shift+Tab

Move to next/previous cell

Option+Page Up/Option+Page Down

Move to first/last cell in column

Option+Home/Option+End

Move to first/last cell in row

Page Up/Page Down

Move to first/last row in frame

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Move up/down one cell

Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Move left/right one cell

Shift+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down

Select cell above/below the current cell

Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Select cell to the right/left of the current cell

Enter on numeric keypad

Start row on next column

Shift+Enter on numeric keypad

Start row on next frame

Esc

Toggle between text selection and cell selection

6. Managing Text

Command+F1

Insert selected text into Find What box

Shift+F1

Insert selected text into Find What box and finds next

Shift+F2/Option+Command+F

Find next occurrence of Find What text

Command+F2

Insert selected text into Change To box

Command+F3

Replace selection with Change To text

7. Working with Type

Shift+Command+B

Bold

Shift+Command+I

Italic

Shift+Command+Y

Normal

Shift+Command+U

Underline

Shift+Command+/

Strikethrough

Shift+Command+K

All caps (on/off)

Shift+Command+H

Small caps (on/off)

Shift+Command+[+]

Superscript

Shift+Option+Command+[+]

Subscript

Shift+Command+X/Shift+Option+Command+X

Reset horizontal or vertical scale to 100%

Shift+Command+L, R, /C

Align left, right, or center

Shift+Command+F (all lines) / J (all but last line)

Justify all lines

Shift+Command+>/<

Increase or decrease point size*

Shift+Command+Option+>/<

Increase or decrease point size by five times*

Option+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Increase or decrease leading (horizontal text)*

Option+Command+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down

Increase or decrease leading by five times (horizontal text)*

Shift+Option+Command+A

Auto leading

Shift+Option+Command+G

Align to grid (on/off)

Shift+Option+Command+H

Auto-hyphenate (on/off)

Option+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (horizontal text)

Option+Command+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times (horizontal text)

Option+Command+\

Increase kerning between words*

Option+Command+Backspace

Decrease kerning between words*

Option+Command+Q

Clear all manual kerning and reset tracking to 0

Shift+Option+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down

Increase or decrease baseline shift** (horizontal text)

Shift+Option+Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Increase or decrease baseline shift by five times (horizontal text)

Shift-click loaded text icon

Automatically flow story

Option-click loaded text icon

Semi-automatically flow story

Option+Command+/

Recompose all stories

Option+Command+N

Insert current page number

8. Navigating Through and Editing Text

Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Move to right or left one character

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Move up or down one line

Command+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Move to right or left one word

Home/End

Move to start or end of line

Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Move to previous or next paragraph

Command+Home/Command+End

Move to start or end of story

Double-click word

Select one word

Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Select one character right or left

Shift+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down

Select one line above or below

Shift+Home/+End

Select start or end of line

Triple-click / quadruple-click paragraph, depending on Text Preferences setting

Select one paragraph

Shift+Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Select one paragraph before or after

Shift+Command+\

Select current line

Shift-click

Select characters from insertion point

Shift+Command+Home/Command+End

Select start or end of story

Command+A

Select all in story

Shift+Option+Command+Page Up/Page Down

Select first/last frame

Option+Command+Page Up/Page Down

Select previous/next frame

Command+Backspace/Delete

Delete word in front of insertion point (Story Editor)

Command+Option+Shift+/

Update missing font list

9. Viewing documents and document workspaces

Spacebar (with no text insertion point), Option-drag (with text insertion point), /Option+Spacebar (in both text and non-text modes)

Temporarily select Hand tool

Command+Space

Temporarily select Zoom In tool

Option+Command+Space/Option+Zoom In tool

Temporarily select Zoom Out tool

Command+5, 2, 4

Zoom to 50%, 200%, or 400%

Shift+F5

Redraw screen

Command+Option+N

Open new default document

Option+Command+2

Switch between current and previous zoom levels

Command+~/Shift+Command+F6/Command+Shift+~

Switch to next/previous document window

Page Up/Page Down

Scroll up/down one screen

Command+Page Up/Page Down

Go back/forward to last-viewed page

Option+Page Up/Page Down

Go to previous/next spread

Double-click Hand tool

Fit spread in window

Command+J

Activate the Go To command

Command+Option+[+ (plus)

Fit selection in window

Command+J, type prefix of master, press Enter

Go to master page while panel is closed

Shift+Option+Command+U

Cycle through units of measurement

Shift-drag guide

Snap guide to ruler increments

Command-drag guide

Switch between page and spread guides (creation only)

Command-drag from zero point

Create vertical and horizontal ruler guides for the spread

Option+Command+G

Select all guides

Right-click zero point and choose an option

Lock or unlock zero point

Option-drag guide

Use current magnification for view threshold of new guide

Press first letter of button name, if underlined

Select buttons in alert dialog boxes

Command+Help > About Design

Show information on installed plugins and InDesign components

10. Working with XML

Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Expand/Collapse element

Option+Arrow Right/Arrow Left

Expand/Collapse element and child elements

Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Extend XML selection up/down

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Move XML selection up/down

Page Up/Page Down

Scroll structure pane up/down one screen

Home/End

Select first/last XML node

Shift+Home/Shift+End

Extend selection to first/last XML node

Command+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Go to previous/next validation error

Command+Option+Shift+F7

Automatically tag text frames and tables

11. Indexing

Shift+Command+Option+[

Create index entry without dialog box

Command+7

Open index entry dialog box

Shift+Command+Option+]

Create proper name index entry (last name, first name)

12. Panels

Option-click Delete icon

Delete without confirmation

Option-click New button

Create item and set options

Shift+Enter

Apply value and keep focus on option

Command+Option+~

Activate last-used option in last-used panel

Shift-click

Select range of styles, layers, links, swatches, or library objects in a panel

Command-click

Select nonadjacent styles, layers, links, swatches, or library objects in a panel

Tab

Apply value and select next value

Esc

Move focus to selected object, text, or window

Tab

Show/Hide all panels, Toolbox, and Control panel (with no insertion point)

Shift+Tab

Show/Hide all panels except the Toolbox and Control panel (docked or not)

Command+Option+Tab

Open or close all stashed panels

Option+drag any panel tab (in the group) to edge of screen

Stash a panel group

Option+Ctrl-click in list, and then use keyboard to select item by name

Select item by name

Option+Command+M

Open the Drop Shadow panel

13. Control Panel

Command+6

Toggle focus to/from Control panel

Command+Option+7

Toggle Character/Paragraph text attributes mode

Any key on the numeric keypad / keyboard numbers

Change reference point when proxy has focus

Option+Arrow Down

Display the pop-up menu that has focus

Option-click Kerning icon

Open Units & Increments Preferences

Option-click Number Of Columns icon

Open the Text Frame Options dialog box

Option-click X / Y icon

Open the Move dialog box

Option-click Angle icon

Open the Rotate dialog box

Option-click X / Y Scale icon

Open the Scale dialog box

Option-click Shear icon

Open the Shear dialog box

Option-click Superscript, Subscript, / Small Caps button

Open Text Preferences

Option-click Underline button

Open the Underline Options dialog box

Option-click Strikethrough button

Open the Strikethrough Options dialog box

Option-click Align To Baseline Grid, / Do Not Align To Baseline Grid button

Open the Grids Preferences

Option-click Drop Cap Number Of Lines, / Drop Cap One Or More Characters icon

Open the Drop Caps & Nested Styles dialog box

Option-click Leading icon

Open the Justification dialog box

14. Type panels and dialog boxes

Option+Command+Shift+J

Open Justification dialog box

Option+Command+J

Open Paragraph Rules dialog box

Option+Command+K

Open Keep Options dialog box

Command+T

Activate Character panel

Command+Option+T

Activate Paragraph panel

15. Character and paragraph styles

Select text and press Shift+Option+Command+C

Make character style definition match text

Select text and press Shift+Option+Command+R

Make paragraph style definition match text

Shift+Option+Ctrl-double-click style

Change options without applying style

Option-click paragraph style name

Remove style and local formatting

Option+Shift-click paragraph style name

Clear overrides from paragraph style

F11, Shift+F11

Show/hide Paragraph and Character Styles panels, respectively

16. Tabs Panel

Shift+Command+T

Activate Tabs panel

Option-click tab

Switch between alignment options

17. Layers Panel

Option-click layer

Select all objects on layer

Option-drag small square to new layer

Copy selection to new layer

Command-click Create New Layer

Add new layer below selected layer

Shift+Command-click Create New Layer

Add new layer to the top of the layer list

Shift+Option+Command-click Create New Layer

Add new layer to the top of the layer list and open New Layer dialog box

Option-click Create New Layer

Add new layer and open New Layer dialog box

18. Pages Panel

Option-click master

Apply master to selected page

Option-click the master you want to base the selected master on

Base another master page on selected master

Command-click Create New Page button

Create master page

Option-click New Page button

Display Insert Pages dialog box

Shift+Command+P

Add new page after last page

19. Color Panel

Shift-drag slider

Move color sliders in tandem

Option-click color bar

Select a color for the nonactive fill or stroke

Shift-click color bar

Switch between color modes (CMYK, RGB, LAB)

20. Separations Preview panel

Command+Option+Shift+Y

Turn on Overprint preview

Command+Option+Shift+~ (tilde)

Show all plates

Command+Option+Shift+1

Show Cyan plate

Command+Option+Shift+2

Show Magenta plate

Command+Option+Shift+3

Show Yellow plate

Command+Option+Shift+4

Show Black plate

Command+Option+Shift+5

Show 1st Spot plate

Command+Option+Shift+6

Show 2nd Spot plate

Command+Option+Shift+7

Show 3rd Spot plate

21. Swatches Panel

Option-click New Swatch button

Create new swatch based on the current swatch

Option+Command-click New Swatch button

Create spot color swatch based on the current swatch

Shift+Option+Command-double-click swatch

Change options without applying swatch

22. Transform Panels

Option+Enter

Apply value and copy object

Command+Enter

Apply width, height, or scale value proportionally

Created by bernd on 4/19/2012. Last updated by bernd on 4/22/2015

 

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