As an ever busy design studio it is vital that we work in the most efficient way possible to meet our deadlines. Whether it be starting out on a new job in the sample design stage, text formatting and typesetting a manuscript, styling realia or getting the finished article ready for press, we always ensure our processes are the best they can be. This means taking advantage of the wide range of keyboard shortcuts in InDesign, as well as other applications, and on Macs in general.

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As part of our 25th birthday we have chosen 25 of our top keyboard shortcuts to share with you:

W – hides and reveal guides in InDesign.

V – swaps to the standard selection tool when used in InDesign.

T – swaps to the text tool when used in in InDesign.

X – quick change from foreground to background colour and vice versa in
photoshop. Great when working on a mask.

Command + w = used to close document – but only if it doesn’t need saving!

Command + A selects all of the text.

Followed by either Command + X to cut the selection.

Or Command + C to copy all of the text.

Command + J is a great indesign shortcut for our line of work. It enables you to go directly to any page in a document in seconds.

Command + 0 = zoom in or out to fit screen. Enables us to quickly view a whole page or spread.

Command + Y Preview/outline in illustrator.

In a ‘Save as…’ dialogue box, hitting Command + D selects your desktop.

Command + z And hold the space bar down, left click on the mouse. It zooms out and when you release the mouse it’ll zoom back in. Useful for if you’re zoomed in close to somewhere on the page and you need to move to another part of the page quickly whilst maintaining the close zoom.

Command + T – To open a new tab in a web browser like Safari or Chrome or in Finder.

Command + F – To search and find in applications like Finder, Safari or Chrome.

Space bar + left mouse click, drag = quick navigation around a document without using the scroll bar or scroll wheel on your mouse.

Command + alt + c = closes up a box relative to the amount of text in it.

Alt + command + x = non breaking space (an invisible character), inserted between words to keep them together. Useful for avoiding widows and one or two letter words at the end of lines.

Alt + command + 4 Transform sequence again repeats any object changes that you just made (resize, etc.) on a newly selected object.

Alt + double click on images to open in photoshop/illustrator. Also works in the links palette.

Command + ~ = to switch between documents in the same application. You can also use shift to reverse. Combined with Apple + Tab, it’s a powerful navigation tool.

Command + Shift + 3 to take a screenshot.

Command + Shift + 4 to take a bespoke screenshot.

Command + Alt + Shift + V. Paste in place.

Command-Shift-ACommand-Shift-UCommand-Shift-D – to navigate Applications, Utilities and Desktop in Finder

We hope you’ve found these short cuts useful! Do you have any others to add? Either from InDesign or just general clever shortcuts you’d like to share?