Navigate to Page Objects with Keyboard Shortcuts
Okay, this one is amazing. I’m standing around at The InDesign Conference in Auckland a couple of weeks ago and Kris Coppieters (who runs Rorohiko) tells me that he’s been thinking about a comment that one of the speakers made regarding staying efficient in InDesign: Keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible! But, Kris noted, that’s hard to do when you’re selecting objects. Would it be useful, he wondered aloud, if you could select objects on a spread with a keyboard shortcut? Holy mackerel, yes!
So Kris wrote up a series of “select next object” scripts and is offering them free to all InDesign users. Note that these scripts only run in CS3, as far as I know.
Why would scripts help you keep your hands on the keyboard? Because you can assign keyboard shortcuts to scripts. It’s all explained on this post on the Mogo Blog, which is where Kris wanted to post the file.
But, for example, I have assigned Ctrl+Right Arrow to select the next object to the right of the current object, Ctrl+Down Arrow to select the next one down. You can even say “select the next set of objects down in a grid of objects” or “select the top-most object on the next page. It’s an amazing set of scripts. Joe Bob says, “Check it out!“