InDesign Shortcuts That Get You Where You Want to Go Much Faster!

indesign shortcutsHave you seen an episode of CSI? Did you notice that when they type on a computer, they never, ever use the mouse?! You might think that they overlooked this detail, but really, it is much more efficient, healthy and practical to use a keyboard rather than a mouse to get everything you want done.  The only way to get anywhere really fast is to use shortcuts. Except you can’t use them if you don’t know what or where they are. Here is a course you might be interested in entitled Getting Started in InDesign CC which shows you the basics of InDesign CC with an Adobe Authorized Training Center called Train Simple.

This is also true when using InDesign. Everyone knows that in InDesign, you can accomplish more tasks and increase your productivity by using keyboard shortcuts rather than a mouse. In other words, you get the job done faster, plus it’s easier.  Here is a course entitled Adobe InDesign CS6 that features nine hours of training covering all design fundamentals. This other course entitled Adobe InDesign CC is also something you should check out as it shows you how to become a master user of software for desktop publishing Adobe Indesign CC. While we’re on the topic, you might as well check out this article entitled InDesign vs Illustrator: Is One Design Option Better Than the Other?

Common InDesign Shortcuts

Here is a lost of a few handy InDesign shortcuts:

MacWindows
+CtrlStarting up
Command + Option+ ShiftCtrl + Alt + ShiftDelete preferences when
Command + KCtrl+KPreferences general
Window MenuWindow MenuPlacer, HJ GO! Design
Window MenuWindow MenuHJ Layout Builder, HJ Art
Herff Jones MenuHerff Jones MenuHerff Jones Plug-ins
F1F1InDesign Help

More InDesign Shortcuts:

Here are the shortcut keys you need when you need to quickly change effects, stroke, swatches, links and layers without having to use your mouse. With shortcut keys such as these, you can get the effects you want so much faster than if you had to keep searching for where everything was:

MacWindows
Shift + F10Shift + F10Swatches
F5F5Stroke
Command + Option + Shift + FCtrl + Alt + Shift + FPreflight
Command F12F12Pages
Command + Shift + DCtrl + Alt + Shift + DLinks
F7F7Layers
F8F8Info
Command + Options + 6Ctrl + Alt + 6Control
Command + Shift + F7Shift + F7Align

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Character:

Here are the shortcut keys you need for keeping options, subscript or superscript and even dropping caps—how convenient is this?

MacWindows
Command + Option + RCtrl + Alt _ RDrop caps & nested styles
Command + Shift + Option + JCtrl + Shift + Alt + JParagraph justification
Command + Option + JCtrl + Alt + JParagraph rule
Command + Option + KCtrl + Alt + KKeep options
Command + Shift + Option + RCtrl + Alt + Shift + RRedefine styles
Command + Shift + UCtrl + Shift + UUnderline
Command + Shift + =Ctrl + Shift + =Superscript
Command + Shift + Option + =Ctrl + Alt + Shift + =Subscript
Command + Shift + Control + /Ctrl + Shift + /Strikethrough
Command + Shift + HCtrl + Shift + HSmall Caps
Command + Shift + KCtrl + Shift + KAll Caps

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Object:

When you need to fit the frame to the content or vice versa, drop shadow, group or ungroup among other things, here are the buttons you need to push:

MacWindows
Command + 8Ctrl + 8Compound Path Make
Command + Shift + Option + KCtrl + Alt + Shift + KClipping Path
Command + Option + MCtrl + Alt + MDrop Shadow
Command +Shift + Option + ECtrl + Alt + Shift + EFit Content Proportionally
Command +Option + CCtrl + Alt + CFit Frame to Content
Command +Option + ECtrl + Alt + EFit Content to Frame
Command + BCtrl + BText Frame Options
Command +Option + LCtrl; + Alt + LUnlock Position
Command +LCtrl + LLock Position
Command +Shift + GCtrl + Shift + GUngroup
Command +GCtrl + GGroup
Command + [Ctrl + [Send Backward
Command + ]Ctrl + ]Bring Forward
Command + Shift + [Ctrl + Shift + [Send to Back
Command + Shift + ]Ctrl + Shift + ]Bring to Front

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Type:

These shortcuts for type help you align center, left, right or justify anything you want on a page with a few buttons on your keyboard:

MacWindows
Command + Shift + YCtrl + Shift + YApply Normal
Command + Shift + ICtrl + Shift + IApply Italic
Command + Shift + BCtrl + Shift + BApply Bold
Command + Shift + Option + GCtrl + Alt + Shift + GAlign to Baseline Grid
Command + Shift + FCtrl + Shift + FJustify all lines
Command + Shift + JCtrl + Shift +JJustify all but last line
Command + Shift + RCtrl + Shift + RAlign Right
Command + Shift + LCtrl + Shift + LAlign Left
Command + Shift + CCtrl + Shift + CAlign Center
Command + Shift + Option + OCtrl + Alt + Shift + OCreate Outlines Without Deleting Text
Command + Shift + OCtrl + Shift + OCreate Outlines
Command + Option + WCtrl + Alt + WText Wrap
Command + Option + XCtrl + Alt + XNonbreaking Space
Command + Shift + Option + NCtrl + Alt + Shift + NAuto Page Number
Command + F11F11Paragraph Styles
Command + Option + TCtrl + MParagraph
Command + Shift + TCtrl + Shift + TTabs
Command + Shift + F11Shift + F11Character Styles
Command + TCtrl + TCharacter

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Move To:

These shortcut keys make it easy for you to go to the beginning of the story, end of the story, end of line, right one word or left one word with just a couple of keyboard clicks.

MacWindows
Command + Right ArrowCtrl + Right ArrowRight one word
Command + Left ArrowCtrl + Left ArrowLeft one word
EndEndEnd of line
HomeHomeStart of line
Command + EndCtrl + EndEnd of story
Command + HomeCtrl + HomeBeginning of story

 

Indesign Shortcuts for Layout:

You probably will love this set of shortcut keys the most, as you can do all sorts of things including go to the next page, last page, previous page or first page as well as add new page all without even having to look at the mouse, much less touch it!

MacWindows
Command + Shift PCtrl + Shift + PAdd New Page
Command + Page DownCtrl + Page DownGo Forward
Command + Page UpCtrl + Page UpGo Back
Option + Page UpAlt + Page UpPrevious Spread
Option + Page DownAlt + Page DownNext Spread
Command + Shift + Page DownCtrl + Shift + Page DownLast Page
Shift + Page DownShift + Page DownNext Page
Shift + PageUpShift + PageUpPrevious Page
Command + Shift + PageUpCtrl + Shift + PageUpFirst Page

Indesign Shortcuts for Indexing:

When you need to mark proper names, clubs or businesses or do some sort of indexing, all you need are these convenient keys:

MacWindows
Command + Option + XCtrl + Alt + XNonbreaking Space
Command + Option + Shift + [Ctrl + Alt + Shift + [Mark Businesses/ Clubs
Command + Option + Shift + ]Ctrl + Alt + Shift + ]Mark Proper Names
Shift+F8Shift + F8Index Palette
Command + 7Ctrl + 7New

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Tools:

Everyone knows how inconvenient it is to look through all your different tools in your toolbar just to zoom into something. Well, with these convenient InDesign shortcut keys that work for both Windows and Mac, you can say goodbye to your mouse for good!

Mac/Windows
ZZoom Tool
TType tool
Shift + TType of Path tool
Shift + XSwap fill & stroke colors
XSwap fill & stroke colors
SScale tool
RRotate tool
MRectangle tool
FRectangle frame tool
NPencil tool
PPen Tool
KMeasure tool
\Line tool
HHand tool
GGradient tool
EFree Transform tool
IEyedropper tool
LEllipse tool
ADirect Selection tool
VSelection tool

 

InDesign Shortcuts for Edit:

Gone are the days when you had to search your toolbar wasting precious minutes looking for spell-check, copy, redo, undo or paste, among other things. Here are the shortcut keys that make life a lot easier for you. All you have to do is practice the keys and before you know it, you will be an InDesign shortcut expert.

MacWindows
Command + ICtrl + ICheck Spelling
Command +FCtrl + FChange/Find
Command +YCtrl + YEdit in Story Editor
Command + Shift + ACtrl + Shift + ADeselect All
Command + ACtrl + ASelect All
Command + Shift + UCtrl + Shift + UStep & Repeat
Command + Shift + Option + DCtrl + Alt + Shift + DDuplicate
Command + Shift + Option + VCtrl + Alt + Shift + VPaste in Place
Command + VCtrl + VPaste
Command + Option + VCtrl + Alt + VPaste Into
Command + XCtrl + XCut
Command + CCtrl + CCopy
Command + Shift + ZCtrl + Shift + ZRedo
Command + ZCtrl + ZUndo

 

InDesign Shortcuts for View:

You know how hard it is to find where to click so the page shows your grids? With these shortcut keys you can worry no more. Plus, I’ve included the shortcut keys for both Windows and Mac for your total convenience.

MacWindows
Command + Options + TabAlt + Ctrl + TabOpen/Close panels in side tabs
TabTabHide/show all panels
Command + ;Ctrl + ;Hide/ show guides
Command + RCtrl + RHide/ show rulers
Shift + F5Shift + F5Force redraw
Command + Option + =Alt + Ctrl + =Fit Selection Window
Shift + Option + Page DownAlt + Shift + Page DownLast Spread
Shift + Option + Page UpAlt + Shift + Page UpFirst Spread
Shift + Command + Option + 0Alt + Shift + Ctrl + 0Entire Pasteboard
Command + 5Ctrl + 550%
Command + 4Ctrl + 4400%
Command + 2Ctrl + 2200%
Command + 1Ctrl + 1Actual Size
Command + Option + 0Alt + Ctrl + 0Fit Spread in Window
Command + 0Ctrl + 0Fit Page in Window
Command +-Ctrl + – (hyphen)Zoom Out
Command + =Ctrl + =Zoom In

 

InDesign Shortcuts for File:

If you are not used to shortcut keys, you will love the fact that you can save, save a copy, save all, print, open or exit, among other things, all by using the keyboard shortcut keys. Here are the shortcuts for both Windows and Mac, so you can learn all the shortcuts for file commands no matter what your system happens to be.

MacWindows 
Command + QCtrl + QExit
Command + PCtrl + PPrint
Command + Option + Shift + PCtrl + Alt + Shift + PPackage
Command + DCtrl + DPlace
Command + Shift + Option + SCtrl + Alt + Shift + SSave all
Command + Option + SCtrl + Alt + SSave a Copy
Command + Shift + SCtrl + Shift + SSave as
Command + Command + SCtrl + SSave
Command + Shift + Option + WCtrl + Alt + Shift + WClose All
Command +WCtrl + WClose Document
Command + Option + OCtrl + Alt + OBrowse
Command + OCtrl + OOpen
Command + NCtrl + NNew Document

 

Hope this helps! For more on InDesign, you might want to check out this course entitled Intro to Adobe InDesign which helps you learn the ropes with expert designer Joseph Caserto.