cs = customized shortcut
In hopes of keeping this silly l’il blog worth coming to, I’ve decided to make mention of the various custom shortcuts I’ve added over time. This will give all of you an idea of what and why I made the changes I did.
First stop, switching tools while still within a text frame. This was one of the very first amendments I made to my list of customized shortcuts. How many times have you been editing text and wanted to quickly switch to the Preview screen mode? Yes, I realize moving your mouse over to the Screen Mode button on the bottom of the Tools panel isn’t exactly stressful. However, being able to hit a quick shortcut to toggle saves me the grief.
I work predominantly with Mac OS X, and so I have a whole modifier key to my disposal — the Ctrl key (expecting the responses from Windows users to come in). With the Ctrl key in hand I gladly append new shortcuts to all my Tools. All of the Tools use a single character shortcut, i.e. the letter T for the Type Tool, this makes it difficult to switch out to another tool while sitting inside a text frame editing text…
Some of the more useful amendments include:
- Ctrl+W, toggle between Normal and last-used Preview screen modes
- Ctrl+I, Eyedropper Tool for quick sampling/applying of text formatting
- Ctrl+D, resets the fill and stroke of the selected text
- Ctrl+X, swap fill and stroke activation
- Ctrl+Shift+X, swap fill and stroke of selected text
- Ctrl+V, Selection Tool
- Ctrl+A, Direct Selection Tool
- Ctrl+T, Type Tool (especially when activating the Eyedropper Tool)
Like most of the shortcuts I’ve added over the years, the beautiful thing is they are additions, and not replacements, of the original shortcuts. In other words, anyone can sit at my machine and happily use the original ones without any confusion.
If I wanted to get extra specific I could have taken advantage of InDesign’s ability to recognize the context in which a shortcut would be invoked. I had the option of changing the context to Text instead of Default. The benefit would be that I could still use the above added shortcuts for other commands within InDesign, when not inside a text frame.