Quick InDesign Tips

Top 7 Tips for Adobe InDesign

InDesign is a great software for page layout and a common tool used in the corporate world. Executive assistants, administrative and resource staff are usually the ones using these softwares to build documents for their teams, updating information in presentations and newsletters as well as creating and exporting documents to PDF.

The most important thing here is to know your tools. The second most important thing is to remember the shortcuts and to use them.

I cant tell you how many times I have come across people who insisted on their way of using the software ( meaning they only use the mouse and keep their other hand on the table ) versus using shortcut keys on the keyboard to switch tools.

And yet, every time I have followed up with my ex-students, i find that they are now dominantly using shortcuts and they tell me how it’s transformed their work.For example, a newsletter that required close to an hour to update could now be done in less than 20 mins. Thats incredible but not impossible.

Alright then, lets make a believer out of you. 🙂

Tip #1

Quickly duplicate attributes from one type to another using the Eyedropper Tool

Select the Text Tool “T” and highlight the portion of the text you would like to update. This will be the destination.

Using the Eyedropper Tool ” “, click the text (Source) to copy the attributes.

The Eyedropper Tool reverses direction and appears full , to indicate that the source is loaded and ready to duplicated.


Tip #2

Updating modified links

1. In the Links panel, do one of the following:

o To update specific links, select one or more links marked with the modified-link icon .

o To update all modified links, deselect all links by clicking the bottom of the Links panel.

2. Click the Update Link button , or choose Update Link from the Links panel menu.

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