242 Shortcuts for InDesign CS5 (MacOS)  [edit]

minusplus1. 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

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minusplus2. 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
*Press Shift to constrain movement to 45° angles.
**Amount is set in Edit > Preferences > Units & Increments

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minusplus3. 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

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minusplus4. 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

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minusplus5. 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

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minusplus6. 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

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minusplus7. 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

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minusplus8. 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

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minusplus9. 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

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minusplus10. 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

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minusplus11. 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)

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minusplus12. 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

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minusplus13. 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

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minusplus14. 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

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minusplus15. 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

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minusplus16. Tabs Panel
Shift+Command+T Activate Tabs panel
Option-click tab Switch between alignment options

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minusplus17. 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

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minusplus18. 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

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minusplus19. 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)

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minusplus20. 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

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minusplus21. 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

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minusplus22. Transform Panels
Option+Enter Apply value and copy object
Command+Enter Apply width, height, or scale value proportionally

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Sources: Adobe Indesign CS5 Help


Uploaded by bernd, updated on 4/22/2015 by bernd