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Cheat Sheet

InDesign CS4 For Dummies

From InDesign CS4 For Dummies by Galen Gruman

InDesign CS4 can make desktop publishing easier. With the host of keyboard shortcuts in InDesign CS4, you'll work faster — whether you need to open, close, and save files; view, format, and align text; make tables; manipulateguides and grids; place and move objects; insert special characters; and use miscellaneous functions. With all these shortcuts, it's time to get publishing!

InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Opening, Closing, and Saving

When working with InDesign CS4, you'll undoubtedly open, close, and save countless documents. A feature that makes InDesign so useful is the abundance of keyboard shortcuts that allow you to open, close, and save documents in the blink of an eye, as shown in the following table:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Viewing

The viewing keyboard shortcuts built into InDesign CS4 enable you to see the newsletter, magazine, or other material you're publishing from a variety of perspectives. The following table of InDesign keyboard shortcuts shows how to zoom in and out and display your material almost any way you'd like to see it:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Guides and Grids

As you get ready to publish a project using InDesign CS4, you may want to show — or not show — the guides and grids that help with placement. The following table shows the keyboard shortcuts that toggle between showing and hiding and locking and unlocking the guides and grids:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Working with Objects

Almost every publishing project relies on objects for visual interest and excitement. InDesign CS4 includes keyboard shortcuts you use to place and move objects as your creative muse dictates.

The following table lists commands for placing and sizing objects:

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This table shows the commands for moving objects forward and backward and front and back (only in graphic design is there a difference):

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Formatting Text

Formatting text so that it looks the way you want is your right as a publisher. InDesign CS4 makes achieving your aims easy with the list of keyboard shortcuts shown in the following table:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Aligning and Spacing Text

InDesign CS4 helps you make text look the way you want it to — you can align or justify left, right, and center. The following table shows which shortcut commands put the text where you want it:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Editing Tables

Tables often play a prominent role in a newsletter, magazine, or any other type of publication you produce with InDesign CS4. To insert a table or columns or rows within one, use the shortcuts shown in the following table:

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InDesign CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts for Special Characters, Miscellaneous Functions

InDesign CS4 wants you to be able to display the copyright symbol on your publication, along with bullet points, em and en dashes, and other punctuation and spaces. You may also want to undo your last action or redo it, and InDesign offers shortcut keyboard combinations for those actions, as well.

This table shows what to press to insert special characters into your file:

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The keyboard shortcuts in the following table show you how to mark text for the index, summon help, undo, redo, and print:

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