InDesign CC CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts - Mac & PC


V, Escape Selection Tool
a Direct Selection tool
Ctrl+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), Alt (Text mode), /Alt+Spacebar (both) Temporarily select Hand tool
z Zoom tool
Ctrl+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

Selecting and moving objects

Any tool (except selection tools)+Ctrl Temporarily select Selection or Direct Selection tool (last used)
Direct Selection tool+Alt; / Pen, Add Anchor Point, / Delete Anchor Point tool+Alt+Ctrl 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+Alt-drag* Duplicate selection
Alt+Arrow Keys Duplicate and offset selection
Alt+Shift+Arrow Keys Duplicate and offset selection by 10 times**
Arrow Keys Move selection**
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Keys Move selection by 10th**
Shift+Arrow Keys Move selection by 10 times**
Selection / Direct Selection tool+Ctrl+Shift-click Select master page item from document page
Selection tool+Ctrl-click, / Selection tool+Alt+Ctrl-click Select next object behind or in front
Alt+Ctrl+ Page Down/Page Up Select next or previous frame in story
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+ Page Down/Page Up Select first or last frame in story
Ctrl+[ Send object backward
Shift+Ctrl+[ Send object to back
Ctrl+] Bring object forward
Shift+Ctrl+] Bring object to front
*Press Shift to constrain movement to 45° angles.
**Amount is set in Edit > Preferences > Units & Increments

Transforming Objects

Transformation tool+Alt-drag Duplicate and transform selection
Select object+double-click Scale tool, Rotate tool, / Shear tool in Toolbox Display Transform tool dialog box
Ctrl+, (comma) Decrease scale by 1%
Ctrl+. (period) Increase scale by 1%
Ctrl+Alt+. (period) Increase scale by 5%
Selection tool+Ctrl-drag Resize frame and content
Selection tool+Shift+Ctrl-drag Resize frame and content proportionately
Ellipse tool, Polygon tool, / Rectangle tool+Shift-drag Constrain proportion
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+z Switch image from High Quality Display to Fast Display

Editing Paths and Frames

Direct Selection tool+Alt+Ctrl, / Pen tool+Alt Temporarily select Convert Direction Point tool
Alt Temporarily switch between Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tool
Scissors tool+Alt 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

Working with Tables

Begin dragging row / column border, and then hold down Alt 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
Alt+Page Up/Alt+Page Down Move to first/last cell in column
Alt+Home/Alt+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

Managing Text

Ctrl+F1 Insert selected text into Find What box
Shift+F1 Insert selected text into Find What box and finds next
Shift+F2/Alt+Ctrl+f Find next occurrence of Find What text
Ctrl+F2 Insert selected text into Change To box
Ctrl+F3 Replace selection with Change To text

Working with Type

Shift+Ctrl+b Bold
Shift+Ctrl+i Italic
Shift+Ctrl+y Normal
Shift+Ctrl+u Underline
Shift+Ctrl+/ Strikethrough
Shift+Ctrl+k All caps (on/off)
Shift+Ctrl+h Small caps (on/off)
Shift+Ctrl+[+] Superscript
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+[+] Subscript
Shift+Ctrl+x/ Shift+Alt+Ctrl+x Reset horizontal or vertical scale to 100%
Shift+Ctrl+L, R, /c Align left, right, or center
Shift+Ctrl+F (all lines) / J (all but last line) Justify all lines
Shift+Ctrl+>/< Increase or decrease point size*
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+ >/< Increase or decrease point size by five times*
Alt+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Increase or decrease leading (horizontal text)*
Alt+Ctrl+ Arrow Up/+Arrow Down Increase or decrease leading by five times (horizontal text)*
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+a Auto leading
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+g Align to grid (on/off)
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+h Auto-hyphenate (on/off)
Alt+ Arrow Left/Arrow Right Increase or decrease kerning and tracking (horizontal text)
Alt+Ctrl+ Arrow Left/Arrow Right Increase or decrease kerning and tracking by five times (horizontal text)
Alt+Ctrl+\ Increase kerning between words*
Alt+Ctrl+Backspace Decrease kerning between words*
Alt+Ctrl+q Clear all manual kerning and reset tracking to 0
Shift+Alt+ Arrow Up/+Arrow Down Increase or decrease baseline shift** (horizontal text)
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+ Arrow Up/Arrow Down Increase or decrease baseline shift by five times (horizontal text)
Shift-click loaded text icon Automatically flow story
Alt-click loaded text icon Semi-automatically flow story
Alt+Ctrl+/ Recompose all stories
Alt+Ctrl+n Insert current page number

Navigating Through and Editing Text

Arrow Right/Arrow Left Move to right or left one character
Arrow Up/Arrow Down Move up or down one line
Ctrl+ Arrow Right/Arrow Left Move to right or left one word
Home/End Move to start or end of line
Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Move to previous or next paragraph
Ctrl+Home/Ctrl+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+Ctrl+ Arrow Up/Arrow Down Select one paragraph before or after
Shift+Ctrl+\ Select current line
Shift-click Select characters from insertion point
Shift+Ctrl+ Home/Ctrl+End Select start or end of story
Ctrl+a Select all in story
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+ Page Up/Page Down Select first/last frame
Alt+Ctrl+ Page Up/Page Down Select previous/next frame
Ctrl+Backspace/Delete Delete word in front of insertion point (Story Editor)
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+/ Update missing font list

Viewing documents and document workspaces

Spacebar (with no text insertion point), Alt-drag (with text insertion point), /Alt+Spacebar (in both text and non-text modes) Temporarily select Hand tool
Ctrl+Space Temporarily select Zoom In tool
Alt+Ctrl+Space/ Alt+Zoom In tool Temporarily select Zoom Out tool
Ctrl+5, 2, 4 Zoom to 50%, 200%, or 400%
Shift+F5 Redraw screen
Ctrl+Alt+n Open new default document
Alt+Ctrl+2 Switch between current and previous zoom levels
Ctrl+~/ Shift+Ctrl+F6/ Ctrl+Shift+~ Switch to next/previous document window
Page Up/Page Down Scroll up/down one screen
Ctrl+ Page Up/Page Down Go back/forward to last-viewed page
Alt+ Page Up/Page Down Go to previous/next spread
Double-click Hand tool Fit spread in window
Ctrl+j Activate the Go To command
Ctrl+Alt++ (plus) Fit selection in window
Ctrl+J, type prefix of master, press Enter Go to master page while panel is closed
Shift+Alt+Ctrl+u Cycle through units of measurement
Shift-drag guide Snap guide to ruler increments
Ctrl-drag guide Switch between page and spread guides (creation only)
Ctrl-drag from zero point Create vertical and horizontal ruler guides for the spread
Alt+Ctrl+g Select all guides
Right-click zero point and choose an option Lock or unlock zero point
Alt-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
Ctrl+Help > About Design Show information on installed plugins and InDesign components

Working with XML

Arrow Right/Arrow Left Expand/Collapse element
Alt+ 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
Ctrl+ Arrow Left/Arrow Right Go to previous/next validation error
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F7 Automatically tag text frames and tables


Shift+Ctrl+Alt+[ Create index entry without dialog box
Ctrl+7 Open index entry dialog box
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+] Create proper name index entry (last name, first name)

12. Panels

alt-click Delete icon Delete without confirmation
alt-click New button Create item and set options
Shift+Enter Apply value and keep focus on option
Ctrl+Alt+~ Activate last-used option in last-used panel
Shift-click Select range of styles, layers, links, swatches, or library objects in a panel
Ctrl-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)
Ctrl+Alt+Tab Open or close all stashed panels
Alt+drag any panel tab (in the group) to edge of screen Stash a panel group
Alt+Ctrl-click in list, and then use keyboard to select item by name Select item by name
Alt+Ctrl+m Open the Drop Shadow panel

Control Panel

Ctrl+6 Toggle focus to/from Control panel
Ctrl+Alt+7 Toggle Character/Paragraph text attributes mode
Any key on the numeric keypad / keyboard numbers Change reference point when proxy has focus
Alt+Arrow Down Display the pop-up menu that has focus
alt-click Kerning icon Open Units & Increments Preferences
alt-click Number Of Columns icon Open the Text Frame Options dialog box
alt-click X / Y icon Open the Move dialog box
alt-click Angle icon Open the Rotate dialog box
alt-click X / Y Scale icon Open the Scale dialog box
alt-click Shear icon Open the Shear dialog box
alt-click Superscript, Subscript, / Small Caps button Open Text Preferences
alt-click Underline button Open the Underline Options dialog box
alt-click Strikethrough button Open the Strikethrough Options dialog box
alt-click Align To Baseline Grid, / Do Not Align To Baseline Grid button Open the Grids Preferences
alt-click Drop Cap Number Of Lines, / Drop Cap One Or More Characters icon Open the Drop Caps & Nested Styles dialog box
alt-click Leading icon Open the Justification dialog box

Type panels and dialog boxes

Alt+Ctrl+Shift+j Open Justification dialog box
Alt+Ctrl+j Open Paragraph Rules dialog box
Alt+Ctrl+k Open Keep Options dialog box
Ctrl+t Activate Character panel
Ctrl+Alt+t Activate Paragraph panel

Character and paragraph styles

Select text and press Shift+Alt+Ctrl+c Make character style definition match text
Select text and press Shift+Alt+Ctrl+r Make paragraph style definition match text
Shift+Alt+Ctrl-double-click style Change options without applying style
alt-click paragraph style name Remove style and local formatting
Alt+Shift-click paragraph style name Clear overrides from paragraph style
F11, Shift+F11 Show/hide Paragraph and Character Styles panels, respectively

16. Tabs Panel

Shift+Ctrl+t Activate Tabs panel
alt-click tab Switch between alignment options

Layers Panel

alt-click layer Select all objects on layer
Alt-drag small square to new layer Copy selection to new layer
Ctrl-click Create New Layer Add new layer below selected layer
Shift+Ctrl-click Create New Layer Add new layer to the top of the layer list
Shift+Alt+Ctrl-click Create New Layer Add new layer to the top of the layer list and open New Layer dialog box
alt-click Create New Layer Add new layer and open New Layer dialog box

Pages Panel

alt-click master Apply master to selected page
alt-click the master you want to base the selected master on Base another master page on selected master
Ctrl-click Create New Page button Create master page
alt-click New Page button Display Insert Pages dialog box
Shift+Ctrl+p Add new page after last page

Color Panel

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

Separations Preview panel

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+y Turn on Overprint preview
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+~ (tilde) Show all plates
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+1 Show Cyan plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2 Show Magenta plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+3 Show Yellow plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+4 Show Black plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+5 Show 1st Spot plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+6 Show 2nd Spot plate
Ctrl+Alt+Shift+7 Show 3rd Spot plate

Swatches Panel

alt-click New Swatch button Create new swatch based on the current swatch
Alt+Ctrl-click New Swatch button Create spot color swatch based on the current swatch
Shift+Alt+Ctrl-double-click swatch Change options without applying swatch

22. Transform Panels

Alt+Enter Apply value and copy object
Ctrl+Enter Apply width, height, or scale value proportionally

Adjust Font Size
Increase by Increment (set in Preferences) Cmd-Shift->
Decrease by Increment Cmd-Shift-<
(add Option to the above keystrokes to make them Increment x 5)
Adjust Leading
Increase by Increment (set in Preferences) Option-down arrow
Decrease by Increment Option-up arrow
(add Cmd to the above keystrokes to make them Increment x 5)
Revert to Auto Leading Cmd-Option-Shift-A
Adjust Kerning / Tracking & Word Spacing
Increase by Increment (set in Preferences) Option-right arrow
Decrease by Increment Option-left arrow
(add Cmd to the above keystrokes to make them Increment x 5)
Increase between words Cmd-Option-Shift-\
Decrease between words Cmd-Option-Shift-Delete
Clear all manual kerning, tracking, and word spacing Cmd-Option-Q
Adjust Baseline Shift
Move Up by Increment (set in Preferences) Option-Shift-up arrow
Move Down by Increment Option-Shift-down arrow
(add Cmd to the above keystrokes to make them Increment x 5)
Scaling Pictures
Make sure the picture content is selected (not the frame that it's inside)
Scale 5% Bigger Cmd-Opt->
Scale 5% Smaller Cmd-Opt-<
Scale 1% Bigger Cmd->
Scale 1% Smaller Cmd-<
Fitting Content & Pictures
Fit Content Proportionally Cmd-Opt-Shift-E
Fill Frame Proportionally Cmd-Opt-Shift-C
Center Content Cmd-Shift-E
Fit Frame to Content Cmd-Opt-C
Nudging Objects
Move by Increment (set in Preferences) Any arrow key
Move by Increment x 10 Shift-any arrow key
Move by Increment x 1/10 Cmd-Shift-any arrow key
Flowing Text
Multi-Page Autoflow (creates additional pages) Shift-click
Semi-autoflow (keeps text in cursor so you can continue flowing) Option-click
Fixed-Page Autoflow (does not create additional pages) Shift-Option-click
Styling Text & Working with Styles
Bold Cmd-Shift-B
Italic Cmd-Shift-I
Normal Cmd-Shift-Y
All Caps Cmd-Shift-K
Edit Style Sheet without Applying it Cmd-Option-Shift-Double click style
Redefine a Paragraph Style Cmd-Opt–Shift-R
Redefine a Character Style Cmd-Opt–Shift-C
Working with Paragraph Styles
To remove local formatting (non Style changes) Opt-click Style Name
To remove local formatting and Character Styles Opt-Shift-click Style Name
Working with Master Pages
Override a single master page item on a document page Cmd-Shift-click it
Override several master page items Cmd-Shift-drag a marquee over them
Override all master page items on pages selected in Pages panel Cmd-Opt-Shift-L
Insert Special Characters
Indent to Here Cmd-\
Right Indent Tab Shift-Tab
Discretionary Hyphen Cmd-Shift-hyphen (-)
Nonbreaking Hyphen Cmd-Opt-hyphen (-)
Type in Single Straight Quote (Foot Mark) Ctrl-'
Type in Double Straight Quote (Inch Mark) Ctrl-Shift-'
Current Page Number (Auto Page Numbering) Cmd-Opt-Shift-N
Insert White Space
Em space Cmd-Shift-M
En space Cmd-Shift-N
Nonbreaking space Cmd-Opt-X
Thin space Cmd-Opt-Shift-M
Insert Break Characters
Column Break Enter (on keypad)
Frame Break Shift-Enter (on keypad)
Page Break Cmd-Enter (on keypad)
Forced Line Break (or “soft return”) Shift-Return
Moving Text Cursor
Move cursor to beginning or end of line Home or End
Move cursor one word to the left/right Cmd-Left/right arrow
Move cursor to Previous paragraph Cmd-Up Arrow
Move cursor to Next paragraph Cmd-Down Arrow
Selecting & Working with Text
Leave Text Frame and switch to Selection tool Esc
Select from cursor to beginning or end of line Shift-Home or Shift-End
Select from cursor to end of story Cmd-Shift-End
Select from cursor to beginning of story Cmd-Shift-Home
Select whole word Double-click
Select line Cmd-Shift-\ (or Triple-click)
Select one word to the left/right Cmd-Shift-Left/Right arrow
Navigating & Scrolling Through Documents
Scroll using Hand tool Option-Spacebar-Drag
Go to the First Page Cmd-Shift-Page Up
Go to the Last Page Cmd-Shift-Page Down
Go to Page (then type in page number) Cmd-J
Switch between open Documents Cmd-tilde(~)
Get the Zoom in tool without selecting it Hold Cmd then Space
Get the Zoom out tool without selecting it Hold Cmd then Space and Option
Zoom In or Out Cmd-plus(+) or Cmd-minus(-)
Fit Page in Window Cmd-0 (zero)
Fit Spread in Window Cmd-Option-0 (zero)
Access zoom percentage box (so you can enter a zoom level) Cmd-Opt-5
Toggle between current and previous zoom levels Cmd-Opt-2
Find / Change
Insert selected text into Find What box Cmd-F1
Insert selected text into Find What box and then Find Next instance Shift-F1
Find the next occurrence of Find What text Shift-F2 or Cmd-Option-F
Insert selected text into Change To box Cmd-F2
Replace selected text with Change To text Cmd-F3
Replace selected text with Change To text and Find Next Shift-F3
Working with Panels
Highlight the first option in the Control panel Cmd-6
Toggle Control panel between Character & Paragraph options Cmd-Opt-7
Apply a value but keep it highlighted in panel Shift-Return
Show/Hide all Panels including Toolbox Tab (while not in a text frame)
Show/Hide all Panels except the Toolbox Shift-Tab (while not in a text frame)
Expand/Collapse Panel Stacks Cmd-Opt-Tab (while not in a text frame)
Create new (style, swatches, etc) & display options dialog Opt-click New button
Working with Dialog Boxes
Rotate down through section of options displayed on the left Page Down
Rotate up through section of options displayed on the left Page Up
Jump to section of options displayed on the left Cmd-1 for 1st, Cmd-2 for 2nd, etc.
Choose Yes, No, Don't Save, or Save Y, N, D, or S
Miscellaneous Good Stuff
Select frame hidden behind another Hold and keep clicking frame stack
Increase/decrease a value in a field Click in field, press up/down arrow
Highlight the Last Used Field (in a panel) Cmd-Option-tilde(~)
Tabs panel: Move Left Indent (triangle) without moving First Line Indent Hold Shift while dragging the (bottom) triangle
Select all Guides Cmd-Opt-G
Select an Individual Table Cell With Type tool, click in cell and hit Esc
Quick Apply Press Cmd-Return. Then start typing a style name, menu item, text variable, etc. Then press Return to apply.
Sort Menus Alphabetically Hold Cmd-Opt-Shift and click on Menu
Toggle Typographer's Quotes preference Cmd-Opt-Shift-'

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