Adobe InDesign shortcuts

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Selection toolV, Esc
Direct Selection toolA
Toggle Selection and Direct Selection tool⌘ ⌃ Tab
Page tool⇧ P
Gap toolU
Pen toolP
Add Anchor Point tool=
Delete Anchor Point tool-
Convert Direction Point tool⇧ C
Type toolT
Type On A Path tool⇧ T
Pencil tool (Note tool)N
Line tool\
Rectangle Frame toolF
Rectangle toolM
Ellipse toolL
Rotate toolR
Scale toolS
Shear toolO
Free Transform toolE
Eyedropper toolI
Measure toolK
Gradient toolG
Scissors toolC
Hand toolH
Temporarily selects Hand toolSpacebar (Layout mode), ⌥ (Text mode), or ⌥ Spacebar (both)
Zoom toolZ
Temporarily selects Zoom In tool⌘ Spacebar
Toggle Fill and StrokeX
Swap Fill and Stroke⇧ X
Toggle between Formatting Affects Container and Formatting Affects TextJ
Apply Color, [comma]
Apply Gradient. [period]
Apply No Color/
Switch between Normal View and Preview ModeW
Frame Grid tool (horizontal)Y
Frame Grid tool (vertical)Q
Gradient Feather tool⇧ G

Selecting and moving objects

Temporarily select Selection or Direct Selection tool (last used)Any tool (except selection tools) ⌘
Temporarily select Group Selection toolDirect Selection tool⌥ ; or Pen, Add Anchor Point, or Delete Anchor Point tool⌥ ⌘
Select container of selected contentEsc or double-click
Select content of selected container⇧ Esc or double-click
Add to or subtract from a selection of multiple objectsSelection, Direct Selection, or Group Selection tool⇧ –click (to deselect, click center point)
Duplicate selectionSelection, Direct Selection, or Group Selection tool ⌥ –drag
Duplicate and offset selection⌥ ← , →, ↑, or ↓ key
Duplicate and offset selection by 10 times⌥ ⇧ ← , →, ↑, ↓ key
Move selection ← , →, ↑, Down Arrow key
Move selection by 10th⌘ ⇧ ← , →, ↑, ↓ key
Move selection by 10 times⇧ ← , →, ↑, ↓ key
Select master page item from document pageSelection or Direct Selection tool ⌘ ⇧ –click
Select next object behind or in frontSelection tool⌘ –click or Selection tool⌥ ⌘ –click
Select next or previous frame in story⌥ ⌘ Page Down/ ⌥ ⌘ Page Up
Select first or last frame in story⇧ ⌥ ⌘ Page Down/ ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ Page Up

Transforming objects

Duplicate and transform selectionTransformation tool⌥ –drag
Display Transform tool dialog boxSelect objectdouble-click Scale tool, Rotate tool, or Shear tool in Toolbox
Decrease scale by 1%⌘ ,
Decrease scale by 5%⌘ ⌥ ,
Increase scale by 1%⌘ .
Increase scale by 5%⌘ ⌥ .
Resize frame and contentSelection tool⌘ –drag
Resize frame and content proportionatelySelection tool⇧ ⌘ –drag
Constrain proportionEllipse tool, Polygon tool, or Rectangle tool⇧ –drag
Switch image from High Quality Display to Fast Display⌘ ⌥ ⇧ Z

Editing paths and frames

Temporarily select Convert Direction Point toolDirect Selection tool⌥ ⌘ , or Pen tool⌥
Temporarily switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tool
Temporarily select Add Anchor Point toolScissors tool⌥
Keep Pen tool selected when pointer is over path or anchor pointPen tool⇧
Move anchor point and handles while drawingPen toolspacebar
Display the Stroke panel⌘ F10


Insert or delete rows or columns while draggingBegin dragging row or column border, and then hold down ⌥ as you drag
Resize rows or columns without changing the size of the table⇧ –drag interior row or column border
Resize rows or columns proportionally⇧ –drag right or bottom table border
Move to next/previous cellTab/⇧ Tab
Move to first/last cell in column⌥ Page Up/ ⌥ Page Down
Move to first/last cell in row⌥ Home/ ⌥ End
Move to first/last row in framePage Up/Page Down
Move up/down one cell↑/Down Arrow
Move left/right one cell ← /→
Select cell above/below the current cell⇧ ↑/ ⇧ Down Arrow
Select cell to the right/left of the current cell⇧ →/ ⇧ ←
Start row on next columnEnter (numeric keypad)
Start row on next frame⇧ Enter (numeric keypad)
Toggle between text selection and cell selectionEsc

Finding and changing text

Insert selected text into Find What box⌘ F1
Insert selected text into Find What box and finds next⇧ F1
Find next occurrence of Find What text⇧ F2 or ⌥ ⌘ F
Insert selected text into Change To box⌘ F2
Replace selection with Change To text⌘ F3

Working with type

Bold (only for fonts with bold face)⇧ ⌘ B
Italic (only for fonts with italic face)⇧ ⌘ I
Normal⇧ ⌘ Y
Underline⇧ ⌘ U
Strikethrough⌃ ⇧ ⌘ /
All caps (on/off)⇧ ⌘ K
Asian language hyphenation⇧ ⌘ K
Small caps (on/off)⇧ ⌘ H
Tate-chu-yoko setting⇧ ⌘ H
Superscript⇧ ⌘ () [plus sign]
Subscript⇧ ⌥ ⌘ () [plus sign]
Reset horizontal or vertical scale to 100%⇧ ⌘ X or ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ X
Basic letter group setting or detail setting⇧ ⌘ X or ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ X
Align left, right, or center⇧ ⌘ L, R, or C
Justify all lines⇧ ⌘ F (all lines) or J (all but last line)
Align both ends or equal spacing⇧ ⌘ F (align both ends) or J (equal spacing)
Increase or decrease point size⇧ ⌘ > or <
Increase or decrease point size by five times⇧ ⌘ ⌥ > or <
Increase or decrease leading (horizontal text)⌥ ↑/ ⌥ Down Arrow
Increase or decrease leading (vertical text)⌥ →/ ⌥ ←
Increase or decrease leading by five times (horizontal text)⌥ ⌘ ↑/ ⌥ ⌘ Down Arrow
Increase or decrease leading by five times (vertical text)⌥ ⌘ →/ ⌥ ⌘ ←
Auto leading⇧ ⌥ ⌘ A
Align to grid (on/off)⇧ ⌥ ⌘ G
Auto-hyphenate (on/off)⇧ ⌥ ⌘ H
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (horizontal text)⌥ ← / ⌥ →
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (vertical text)⌥ ↑/ ⌥ Down Arrow
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times (horizontal text)⌥ ⌘ ← / ⌥ ⌘ →
Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times (vertical text)⌥ ⌘ ↑/ ⌥ ⌘ Down Arrow
Increase kerning between words⌥ ⌘ \
Decrease kerning between words⌥ ⌘ Delete
Clear all manual kerning and reset tracking to 0⌥ ⌘ Q
Increase or decrease baseline shift (horizontal text)⇧ ⌥ ↑/ hift⌥ Down Arrow
Increase or decrease baseline shift (vertical text)⇧ ⌥ →/ ⇧ ⌥ ←
Increase or decrease baseline shift by five times (horizontal text)⇧ ⌥ ⌘ ↑/ ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ Down Arrow
Increase or decrease baseline shift by five times (vertical text)⇧ ⌥ ⌘ →/ hift⌥ ⌘ ←
Automatically flow story⇧ –click loaded text icon
Semi-automatically flow story⌥ –click loaded text icon
Recompose all stories⌥ ⌘ /
Insert current page number⌥ ⌘ N

Navigating through and selecting text

Move to right or left one character→/ ←
Move up or down one line↑/ Down Arrow
Move to right or left one word⌘ →/ ⌘ ←
Move to start or end of lineHome/End
Move to previous or next paragraph⌘ ↑/ ⌘ Down Arrow
Move to start or end of story⌘ Home/ ⌘ End
Select one wordDouble-click word
Select one character right or left⇧ →/ ⇧ ←
Select one line above or below⇧ ↑/ ⇧ Down Arrow
Select start or end of line⇧ Home/ ⇧ End
Select one paragraphTriple-click or quadruple-click paragraph, depending on Text Preferences setting
Select one paragraph before or after⇧ ⌘ ↑/ ⇧ ⌘ Down Arrow
Select current line⇧ ⌘ \
Select characters from insertion point⇧ –click
Select start or end of story⇧ ⌘ Home/ ⇧ ⌘ End
Select all in story⌘ A
Select first/last frame⇧ ⌥ ⌘ Page Up/ ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ Page Down
Select previous/next frame⌥ ⌘ Page Up/ ⌥ ⌘ Page Down
Delete word in front of insertion point (Story Editor)⌘ Delete or Del (numeric keypad)
Update missing font list⌘ ⌥ ⇧ /

Viewing documents and document workspaces

Temporarily select Hand toolSpacebar (with no text insertion point), ⌥ –drag (with text insertion point), or ⌥ spacebar (in both text and nontext modes)
Temporarily select Zoom In tool⌘ spacebar
Temporarily select Zoom Out tool⌥ ⌘ spacebar or ⌥ Zoom In tool
Zoom to 50%, 200%, or 400%⌘ 5, 2, or 4
Redraw screen⇧ F5
Open new default document⌘ ⌥ N
Switch between current and previous zoom levels⌥ ⌘ 2
Switch to next/previous document window⌘ F6 or ⌘ ~ [tilde]/ ⌘ ⇧ ~ [tilde]
Scroll up/down one screenPage Up/Page Down
Go back/forward to last-viewed page⌘ Page Up/ ⌘ Page Down
Go to previous/next spread⌥ Page Up/ ⌥ Page Down
Fit spread in windowDouble-click Hand tool
Activate the Go To command⌘ J
Fit selection in window⌘ ⌥ () [plus sign]
Display the entire object⌘ ⌥ () [plus sign]
Go to master page while \ panel is closed⌘ J, type prefix of master, press Return
Cycle through units of measurement⇧ ⌥ ⌘ U
Snap guide to ruler increments⇧ –drag guide
Switch between page and spread guides (creation only)⌘ –drag guide
Temporarily turn on/off snap to⌃ -drag object
Create vertical and horizontal ruler guides for the spread⌘ –drag from zero point
Select all guides⌥ ⌘ G
Lock or unlock zero point⌃ –click zero point and choose an ⌥
Use current magnification for view threshold of new guide⌥ –drag guide
Select buttons in alert dialog boxesPress first letter of button name
Show information on installed plug‑ins and InDesign components⌘ InDesign menu > About InDesign

Control panel

Toggle focus to/from Control panel⌘ 6
Toggle Character/Paragraph text attributes mode⌘ ⌥ 7
Change reference point when proxy has focusAny key on the numeric keypad or keyboard numbers
Open Units & Increments Preferences⌥ -click Kerning icon
Open the Text Frame options dialog box⌥ -click Number of Columns icon
Open the Move dialog box⌥ -click X or Y icon
Open the Rotate dialog box⌥ -click Angle icon
Open the Scale dialog box⌥ -click X or Y Scale icon
Open the Shear dialog box⌥ -click Shear icon
Open Text Preferences⌥ -click Superscript, Subscript, or Small Caps button
Open the Underline options dialog box⌥ -click Underline button
Open the Strikethrough options dialog box⌥ -click Strikethrough button
Open the Grids Preferences⌥ -click Align To Baseline Grid, or Do Not Align To Baseline Grid button
Open the Drop Caps & Nested Styles dialog box⌥ -click Drop Cap Number Of Lines, or Drop Cap One Or More Characters icon
Open the Justification dialog box⌥ -click Leading icon
Open Named Grid dialog boxDouble-click Named Grid icon
Open New Named Grid options dialog box⌥ -click Named Grid icon
Open Frame Grid options dialog box⌥ -click Number of characters Horizontal, Number of Characters Vertical, Character Aki, Line Aki, Vertical Scale, Horizontal Scale, Grid View, Font Size, Number of Columns, or Column Gutter icon

Type panels and dialog boxes

Open Justification dialog box⌥ ⌘ ⇧ J
Open Paragraph Rules dialog box⌥ ⌘ J
Open Keep options dialog box⌥ ⌘ K
Activate Character panel⌘ T
Activate Paragraph panel⌘ ⌥ T

Character and paragraph styles

Make character style definition match textSelect text and press ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ C
Make paragraph style definition match textSelect text and press ⇧ ⌥ ⌘ R
Change options without applying style⇧ ⌥ ⌘ -double-click style
Remove style and local formatting⌥ -click paragraph style name
Clear overrides from paragraph style⌥ ⇧ -click paragraph style name
Show/hide Paragraph and Character Styles panels, respectively⌘ F11, ⌘ ⇧ F11

Tabs panel

Activate Tabs panel⇧ ⌘ T
Switch between alignment options⌥ -click tab

Layers panel

Select all objects on layer⌥ -click layer
Copy selection to new layer⌥ -drag small square to new layer
Add new layer below selected layer⌘ -click Create New Layer
Add new layer to the top of the layer list⇧ ⌘ -click Create New Layer
Add new layer to the top of the layer list and open New Layer dialog boxCmd⌥ ⇧ -click Create New Layer
Add new layer and open New Layer dialog box⌥ -click Create New Layer

Pages panel

Apply master to selected page⌥ -click master
Base another master page on selected master⌥ -click the master you want to base the selected master on
Create master page⌘ -click Create New Page button
Display Insert Pages dialog box⌥ -click New Page button
Add new page after last page⇧ ⌘ P

Color panel

Move color sliders in tandem⇧ -drag slider
Select a color for the nonactive fill or stroke⌥ -click color bar
Switch between color modes (CMYK, RGB, LAB)⇧ -click color bar

Separations Preview panel

Turn on Overprint preview⌘ ⌥ ⇧ Y
Show all plates⌘ ⌥ ⇧ ~ [tilde]
Show Cyan plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 1
Show Magenta plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 2
Show Yellow plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 3
Show Black plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 4
Show 1st Spot plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 5
Show 2nd Spot plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 6
Show 3rd Spot plate⌘ ⌥ ⇧ 7

Swatches panel

Create new swatch based on the current swatch⌥ -click New Swatch button
Create spot color swatch based on the current swatch⌥ ⌘ -click New Swatch button
Change options without applying swatch⇧ ⌥ ⌘ -double-click swatch

Transform panel

Apply value and copy object⌥ Enter
Apply width, height, or scale value proportionally⌘ Enter