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INTRODUCTION > Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most of the menu commands for InDesign have keyboard shortcuts that help you work faster. For instance, instead of choosing New from the File menu, it is faster and easier to use the keyboard shortcut (Command-N on the Macintosh and Ctrl-N on Windows).

The modifier keys used in keyboard shortcuts are sometimes listed in different orders by different software companies or authors. For example, I always list the Command or Ctrl keys first, then the Option or Alt key, and then the Shift key. Other people may list the Shift key first. The order that you press those modifier keys is not important. However, it is very important that you always add the last key (the letter or number key) after you are pressing the other keys.

You might expect that this book would list all the keyboard shortcuts for InDesign. There are two reasons why I haven't done that. First, InDesign lets you assign your own keyboard shortcuts. So I don't know which keyboard shortcuts you're going to use. Second, you can easily create a list of all the shortcuts in InDesign and print them out yourself. So although you would be impressed if I provided a list of keyboard shortcuts, see Chapter 14 for how you can create them yourself.

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