macOS – InDesign Shortcut Keys

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macOS – InDesign Shortcut Keys

InDesign Shortcut Keys for macOS

V, Escape – Selection Tool
A – Direct Selection tool
Command+Tab – Toggle Selection and Direct Selection tool
Shift+P – Page tool
U – Gap tool
P – Pen tool
= – Add Anchor Point tool
– Delete Anchor Point tool
Shift+C – Convert Direction Point tool
T – Type tool
Shift+T – Type On A Path tool
N – Pencil tool (Note tool)
\ – Line tool
F – Rectangle Frame tool
M – Rectangle tool
L – Ellipse tool
R – Rotate tool
S – Scale tool
O – Shear tool
E – Free Transform tool
I – Eyedropper tool
K – Measure tool
G – Gradient tool
C – Scissors tool
H – Hand tool
Spacebar (Layout mode),Option (Text mode), /Option+Spacebar (both) – Temporarily select Hand tool
Z – Zoom tool
Command+Space – Temporarily select Zoom In tool
X – Toggle Fill and Stroke
Shift+X – Swap Fill and Stroke
J – Toggle between Formatting Affects Container and Formatting Affects Text
, (comma) – Apply Color
. (period) – Apply Gradient
/ – Apply No Color
W – Switch between Normal View and Preview Mode
Shift+G – Gradient Feather tool
Any tool (except selection tools)+Command – Temporarily select Selection or Direct Selection tool (last used)
Direct Selection tool+Alt; / Pen, Add Anchor Point, / Delete Anchor Point tool+Option+Command – Temporarily select Group Selection tool
Esc/ double-click – Select container of selected content
Shift+Esc/ double-click – Select content of selected container
Selection, Direct Selection, / Group Selection tool+Shift-click (to deselect, click center point) – Add to or subtract from a selection of multiple objects
Selection, Direct Selection, / Group Selection tool+Option-drag* – Duplicate selection
Option+Arrow Keys – Duplicate and offset selection
Option+Shift+Arrow Keys – Duplicate and offset selection by 10 times**
Arrow Keys – Move selection**
Command+Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selection by 10th**
Shift+Arrow Keys – Move selection by 10 times**
Selection / Direct Selection tool+Command+Shift-click – Select master page item from document page
Selection tool+Command-click, / Selection tool+Option+Command-click – Select next object behind or in front
Option+Command+Page Down/Page Up – Select next or previous frame in story
Shift+Option+Command+Page Down/Page Up – Select first or last frame in story

Transformation tool+Option-drag – Duplicate and transform selection
Select object+double-click Scale tool, Rotate tool, / Shear tool in Toolbox – Display Transform tool dialog box
Command+, (comma) – Decrease scale by 1%
Command+. (period) – Increase scale by 1%
Command+Option+. (period) – Increase scale by 5%
Selection tool+Command-drag – Resize frame and content
Selection tool+Shift+Command-drag – Resize frame and content proportionately
Ellipse tool, Polygon tool, / Rectangle tool+Shift-drag – Constrain proportion
Command+Option+Shift+Z – Switch image from High Quality Display to Fast Display
Direct Selection tool+Option+Command, / Pen tool+Option – Temporarily select Convert Direction Point tool
Option – Temporarily switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tool
Scissors tool+Option – Temporarily select Add Anchor Point tool
Pen tool+Shift – Keep Pen tool selected when pointer is over path or anchor point
Pen tool+Space – Move anchor point and handles while drawing
F10 – Display the Stroke panel
Begin dragging row / column border, and then hold down Option as you drag – Insert or delete rows or columns while dragging
Shift-drag interior row / column border – Resize rows or columns without changing the size of the table
Shift-drag right / bottom table border – Resize rows or columns proportionally
Tab/Shift+Tab – Move to next/previous cell
Option+Page Up/Option+Page Down – Move to first/last cell in column
Option+Home/Option+End – Move to first/last cell in row
Page Up/Page Down – Move to first/last row in frame
Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Move up/down one cell
Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Move left/right one cell
Shift+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down – Select cell above/below the current cell
Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Select cell to the right/left of the current cell
Enter on numeric keypad – Start row on next column
Shift+Enter on numeric keypad – Start row on next frame
Esc – Toggle between text selection and cell selection
Command+F1 – Insert selected text into Find What box
Shift+F1 – Insert selected text into Find What box and finds next
Shift+F2/Option+Command+F – Find next occurrence of Find What text
Command+F2 – Insert selected text into Change To box
Command+F3 – Replace selection with Change To text
Shift+Command+B – Bold
Shift+Command+I – Italic
Shift+Command+Y – Normal
Shift+Command+U – Underline
Shift+Command+/ – Strikethrough
Shift+Command+K – All caps (on/off)
Shift+Command+H – Small caps (on/off)
Shift+Command+[+] – Superscript
Shift+Option+Command+[+] – Subscript
Shift+Command+X/Shift+Option+Command+X – Reset horizontal or vertical scale to 100%
Shift+Command+L, R, /C – Align left, right, or center
Shift+Command+F (all lines) / J (all but last line) – Justify all lines
Shift+Command+>/< – Increase or decrease point size*
Shift+Command+Option+>/< – Increase or decrease point size by five times*
Option+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Increase or decrease leading (horizontal text)*
Option+Command+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down – Increase or decrease leading by five times (horizontal text)*
Shift+Option+Command+A – Auto leading
Shift+Option+Command+G – Align to grid (on/off)
Shift+Option+Command+H – Auto-hyphenate (on/off)
Option+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (horizontal text)
Option+Command+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times (horizontal text)
Option+Command+\ – Increase kerning between words*
Option+Command+Backspace – Decrease kerning between words*
Option+Command+Q – Clear all manual kerning and reset tracking to 0
Shift+Option+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down – Increase or decrease baseline shift** (horizontal text)
Shift+Option+Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Increase or decrease baseline shift by five times (horizontal text)
Shift-click loaded text icon – Automatically flow story
Option-click loaded text icon – Semi-automatically flow story
Option+Command+/ – Recompose all stories
Option+Command+N – Insert current page number
Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Move to right or left one character
Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Move up or down one line
Command+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Move to right or left one word
Home/End – Move to start or end of line
Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Move to previous or next paragraph
Command+Home/Command+End – Move to start or end of story
Double-click word – Select one word
Shift+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Select one character right or left
Shift+Arrow Up/+Arrow Down – Select one line above or below
Shift+Home/+End – Select start or end of line
Triple-click / quadruple-click paragraph, depending on Text Preferences setting – Select one paragraph
Shift+Command+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Select one paragraph before or after
Shift+Command+\ – Select current line
Shift-click – Select characters from insertion point
Shift+Command+Home/Command+End – Select start or end of story
Command+A – Select all in story
Shift+Option+Command+Page Up/Page Down – Select first/last frame
Option+Command+Page Up/Page Down – Select previous/next frame
Command+Backspace/Delete – Delete word in front of insertion point (Story Editor)
Command+Option+Shift+/ – Update missing font list
Spacebar (with no text insertion point), Option-drag (with text insertion point), /Option+Spacebar (in both text and non-text modes) – Temporarily select Hand tool
Command+Space – Temporarily select Zoom In tool
Option+Command+Space/Option+Zoom In tool – Temporarily select Zoom Out tool
Command+5, 2, 4 – Zoom to 50%, 200%, or 400%
Shift+F5 – Redraw screen
Command+Option+N – Open new default document
Option+Command+2 – Switch between current and previous zoom levels
Command+~/Shift+Command+F6/Command+Shift+~ – Switch to next/previous document window
Page Up/Page Down – Scroll up/down one screen
Command+Page Up/Page Down – Go back/forward to last-viewed page
Option+Page Up/Page Down – Go to previous/next spread
Double-click Hand tool – Fit spread in window
Command+J – Activate the Go To command
Command+Option+[+ (plus) – Fit selection in window
Command+J, type prefix of master, press Enter – Go to master page while panel is closed
Shift+Option+Command+U – Cycle through units of measurement
Shift-drag guide – Snap guide to ruler increments
Command-drag guide – Switch between page and spread guides (creation only)
Command-drag from zero point – Create vertical and horizontal ruler guides for the spread
Option+Command+G – Select all guides
Right-click zero point and choose an option – Lock or unlock zero point
Option-drag guide – Use current magnification for view threshold of new guide
Press first letter of button name, if underlined – Select buttons in alert dialog boxes
Command+Help > About Design – Show information on installed plugins and InDesign components
Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Expand/Collapse element
Option+Arrow Right/Arrow Left – Expand/Collapse element and child elements
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Extend XML selection up/down
Arrow Up/Arrow Down – Move XML selection up/down
Page Up/Page Down – Scroll structure pane up/down one screen
Home/End – Select first/last XML node
Shift+Home/Shift+End – Extend selection to first/last XML node
Command+Arrow Left/Arrow Right – Go to previous/next validation error
Command+Option+Shift+F7 – Automatically tag text frames and tables
Shift+Command+Option+[ – Create index entry without dialog box
Command+7 – Open index entry dialog box
Shift+Command+Option+] – Create proper name index entry (last name, first name)
Option-click Delete icon – Delete without confirmation
Option-click New button – Create item and set options
Shift+Enter – Apply value and keep focus on option
Command+Option+~ – Activate last-used option in last-used panel
Shift-click – Select range of styles, layers, links, swatches, or library objects in a panel
Command-click – Select nonadjacent styles, layers, links, swatches, or library objects in a panel
Tab – Apply value and select next value
Esc – Move focus to selected object, text, or window
Tab – Show/Hide all panels, Toolbox, and Control panel (with no insertion point)
Shift+Tab – Show/Hide all panels except the Toolbox and Control panel (docked or not)
Command+Option+Tab – Open or close all stashed panels

Option+drag any panel tab (in the group) to edge of screen – Stash a panel group
Option+Ctrl-click in list, and then use keyboard to select item by name – Select item by name
Option+Command+M – Open the Drop Shadow panel
Command+6 – Toggle focus to/from Control panel
Command+Option+7 – Toggle Character/Paragraph text attributes mode
Any key on the numeric keypad / keyboard numbers – Change reference point when proxy has focus
Option+Arrow Down – Display the pop-up menu that has focus
Option-click Kerning icon – Open Units & Increments Preferences
Option-click Number Of Columns icon – Open the Text Frame Options dialog box
Option-click X / Y icon – Open the Move dialog box
Option-click Angle icon – Open the Rotate dialog box
Option-click X / Y Scale icon – Open the Scale dialog box
Option-click Shear icon – Open the Shear dialog box
Option-click Superscript, Subscript, / Small Caps button – Open Text Preferences
Option-click Underline button – Open the Underline Options dialog box
Option-click Strikethrough button – Open the Strikethrough Options dialog box
Option-click Align To Baseline Grid, / Do Not Align To Baseline Grid button – Open the Grids Preferences
Option-click Drop Cap Number Of Lines, / Drop Cap One Or More Characters icon – Open the Drop Caps & Nested Styles dialog box
Option-click Leading icon – Open the Justification dialog box
Option+Command+Shift+J – Open Justification dialog box
Option+Command+J – Open Paragraph Rules dialog box
Option+Command+K – Open Keep Options dialog box
Command+T – Activate Character panel
Command+Option+T – Activate Paragraph panel
Select text and press Shift+Option+Command+C – Make character style definition match text
Select text and press Shift+Option+Command+R – Make paragraph style definition match text
Shift+Option+Ctrl-double-click style – Change options without applying style
Option-click paragraph style name – Remove style and local formatting
Option+Shift-click paragraph style name – Clear overrides from paragraph style
F11, Shift+F11 – Show/hide Paragraph and Character Styles panels, respectively

Shift+Command+T – Activate Tabs panel
Option-click tab – Switch between alignment options
Option-click layer – Select all objects on layer
Option-drag small square to new layer – Copy selection to new layer
Command-click Create New Layer – Add new layer below selected layer
Shift+Command-click Create New Layer – Add new layer to the top of the layer list
Shift+Option+Command-click Create New Layer – Add new layer to the top of the layer list and open New Layer dialog box
Option-click Create New Layer – Add new layer and open New Layer dialog box
Option-click master – Apply master to selected page
Option-click the master you want to base the selected master on – Base another master page on selected master
Command-click Create New Page button – Create master page
Option-click New Page button – Display Insert Pages dialog box
Shift+Command+P – Add new page after last page
Shift-drag slider – Move color sliders in tandem
Option-click color bar – Select a color for the nonactive fill or stroke
Shift-click color bar – Switch between color modes (CMYK, RGB, LAB)
Command+Option+Shift+Y – Turn on Overprint preview
Command+Option+Shift+~(tilde) – Show all plates
Command+Option+Shift+1 – Show Cyan plate
Command+Option+Shift+2 – Show Magenta plate
Command+Option+Shift+3 – Show Yellow plate
Command+Option+Shift+4 – Show Black plate
Command+Option+Shift+5 – Show 1st Spot plate
Command+Option+Shift+6 – Show 2nd Spot plate
Command+Option+Shift+7 – Show 3rd Spot plate
Option-click New Swatch button – Create new swatch based on the current swatch
Option+Command-click New Swatch button – Create spot color swatch based on the current swatch
Shift+Option+Command-double-click swatch – Change options without applying swatch
Option+Enter – Apply value and copy object
Command+Enter – Apply width, height, or scale value proportionally

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