InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts

Given the popularity of our previous post about Illustrator Shortcuts, here is a look at some InDesign keyboard shortcuts that help save time and make you a keyboard ninja.

Edit

  • Cmd + Z : Undo
  • Shift + Cmd + Z : Redo
  • Cmd + A : Select all
  • Opt + Shift + Cmd + V : Past in Place
  • Shift + Cmd + V : Paste without Formatting

Type

  • Shift + Return : Soft return or a Forced Line Break
  • Cmd + Enter : Page Break
  • Shift + Cmd + M : Em Space
  • Shift + Cmd + N : En Space
  • Opt + Cmd + I : Show Hidden Characters
  • Shift + Cmd + T : Tabs

Object

  • Shift + Cmd + ] : Bring to Front
  • Shift + Cmd + [ : Send to Back
  • Opt + Shift + Cmd + C : Fill Frame Proportionally
  • Opt + Shift + Cmd + E : Fit Content Proportionally
  • Opt + Cmd + E : Fit Content to Frame
  • Opt + Cmd + C : Fit Frame to Content
  • Cmd + G : Group
  • Shift + Cmd + G : Ungroup
  • Cmd + L : Lock
  • Opt + Cmd + L : Unlock All on Spread
  • Cmd + B : Text Frame Options

View

  • Shift + W : Presentation Mode
  • W : Preview Mode
  • Cmd + = : Zoom in
  • Cmd + – : Zoom out

Text and Tables

  • Opt + Left Arrow : Decrease kerning
  • Opt + Right Arrow : Increase kerning
  • Opt + Up Arrow : Decrease leading
  • Opt + Down Arrow : Increase leading

Tools

  • I : eyedropper tool
  • V : selection tool
  • T : type tool
  • Shift + T : type on a path
  • Shift + Cmd + Select : override master page

Other Handy Tips

  • To get that squiggly underline to correct your spelling go to Edit > Spelling > Dynamic Spelling.
  • When modifying a value in InDesign, you can type in basic mathematics symbols and the program will calculate it for you. This works across different units (i.e. points and inches etc.)
  • Right clicking on the little corner where the rules meet allows you to change the units throughout your document.
  • To resize both the frame and content, hold down Cmd + Shift and then drag a corner.
  • View or modifying all shortcuts by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts