added new download section

Based on some feedback I made some revisions to some areas.

relocated download link for shortcuts…

Folks were having trouble finding the download links for the shortcut file. In the shortcut section, I moved the download links to the top. I originally had them on the bottom to hopefully encourage people to read through the little blurb, but alas, there seems to be little point. If they want to read it they will. No pressure… hehe

added downloads page…

It will house all the downloads I mention in my posts. At the moment I added the shortcut files, broken down into individual elements. Based on requests, I also added the older CS2 version for the Mac and Windows users.

I’m working on updating my compact version of the shortcut file as well. Instead of the 14-page original, it’s condensed down into 7 pages. Instead of including every command, known to man, I trimmed it back to only list the commands that actually had a default shortcut assigned to them.

fiddling with css

Bear with me peoples. You might notice some funky cosmetic things going on. In most browsers everything was looking okay, but IE is especially finicky, so i’m playing around with the CSS. If anyone wants to help me figure some of this stuff out, feel free to throw some assistance my way.


I’m out of practice and am now reviewing my css styles. I realize I got carried away, overcomplicating things with too many child tags. It appears that I cleared up some of the outstanding issues for now.

new home of the idcs3 shortcuts

I’ve finally set up my own website, but why did I call it

There are many great InDesign sites, and I wanted to keep InDesign in the name. I’ve created a reference document (which motivated this site) that contains all the InDesign commands and their keyboard shortcuts. The total count of commands for IDCS3 is over 1200. So, while the name might not make too much sense, hopefully the site will be join the ranks of the InDesign-prefixed greats like,,

Over the years I’ve created and evolved my little document into it current iteration. I’ve shared with peers, trainees, seminar attendees, family and friends. I’ve distributed it through file-hosting sites like, through Adobe Exchange, and most recently a dedicated page within Loop’s (current employer) website. 

Thankfully, it’s been mentioned and recognized by some of the InDesign greats, namely Tim Cole, Steve Werner, and Sebastian Distefano. The last of which I owe much gratitude for encouraging my efforts.

I was annoyed by the lack of a decent cheat sheet for the many shortcuts within InDesign. Yes, there was the Adobe InDesign CS3 Help Center, which was great. Yes, I could have InDesign generate a text file that contained all the commands. I decided to use that text file as a starting point… keep reading

mvw • one key does make a difference

I’ve started out on the Mac, but with Adobe’s consistency across platforms, I have no issues with jumping over Windows once in a while. That being said, I do take issue with one of the frustrating things about customizing shortcuts on the Windows side of things. We have one less modifier key available to us, doh!

I’m just experimenting with formatting blockquote. You can safely ignore my nonsense…

As a result, it’s much more difficult to come up with a personalized list of keyboard shortcuts that are not already in use by other commands within Adobe InDesign… keep reading

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