Recently, I trained a very knowledgeable group of magazine artists who were in the process of switching from QuarkXPress to InDesign CS2. Before training began, I was watching one of these artists work in Quark and was amazed at how proficient she was in the use of Keyboard Shortcut Commands. Of course, during training this same artist asked if I had a “cheat sheet” of Keyboard Shortcuts that she could use to learn InDesign’s Commands.

Here’s what I suggested to help her find any Command fast. Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, which lists all Default Commands as well as Commands that have no Keyboard Shortcut assigned. If you click the “Show Set” button, all possible Commands and their Keyboard Shortcuts open up in a Text file. If you save this Default Set as a Text file, you can leave it open while working in InDesign. When you want to know a Command, activate the text file and use the text editing application’s Find feature (Edit > Find) to find the command you’d like in a fraction of a second – a lot faster than looking through 22 pages of printed Shortcuts.

Tip provided by Jeff Witchel, Certified Adobe® Training Provider.

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