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Tip of the Week: Adding Keyboard Shortcuts for Alignment Commands

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Ever wish you could use keyboard shortcuts to align selected objects? You can! You just have to assign your own shortcuts to the align commands, since they have none by default. Here’s how.

Choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts

In the dialog box, choose or create a new custom set of shortcuts.

InDesign custom keyboard shortcut set

Choose Product Area > Object Editing.

InDesign Object Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Then for each alignment command you want to add a shortcut for, select the command in the list, put your cursor in the New Shortcut field, type the shortcut, and click Assign.

InDesign assign custom keyboard shortcut

When you’re done, click OK to save the changes to the set.

Then, any time you have multiple objects selected in a layout, you can use your shortcuts to align them.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

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One Comment on “Tip of the Week: Adding Keyboard Shortcuts for Alignment Commands

  1. I use shortcuts (keystrokes) all the time and it really speeds up time, when formatting large amounts of text.
    One minor but disturbing issue is that some default keystrokes ex. zoom in/out ([COMMAND]+[+/-]) is also used by Mac and I’m not sure how to turn these general settings off. Would be nice when I’m working in InDesign.
    Do you have any suggestions?

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