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Tip of the Week: Controlling the Position of a New Layer

This InDesign tip on controlling the position of a new layer was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 9, 2017.

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By default, if you click the button to create a new layer in the Layers panel, the new layer will be created directly above the current drawing layer (indicated by the pen icon).

But with a few keyboard shortcuts, you can make the new layer appear elsewhere in the stacking order.

Hold the Command key on Mac or Ctrl on Windows while you click the button to make the new layer appear beneath the current layer.

Hold Command+Shift on Mac or Ctrl+Shift on Windows while you click the button to make the new layer appear at the top of the layer stack.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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3 Comments on “Tip of the Week: Controlling the Position of a New Layer

  1. Thanks for these pointers. I’m a recently retired geezer and Creative Cloud subscriber, undertaking a self-directed nosedive into teaching myself how to use CC apps, at 64. Fortunately, I didn’t make it to college until the late 80s, around the time PCs graduated from being all DOS, (which I view as tough as “Chinese Arithmetic,” and so I’ve been a PC AND mac user for about 30 years now, but mostly using MS Office tools for work in my former career as a paralegal.

    I’m an obsessive writer, researcher, photographer and study a pretty much forgotten, or at least never-a-celebrity Art Deco Architectural sculptor, Lee Lawrie (1877-1963). He created the Atlas at Rockefeller Center, yet next to no one has ever even heard of him, other than a handful of architectural historians. I’ve written 2 books about him and have started a third. The first one, “Lee Lawrie’s Prairie Deco…” documents his sculpture on the Nebraska State Capitol, on which he spent 14 years out of a 70 year creating, and is his masterpiece and largest of his lifelong sculptural commissions.

    I’m easing my way back into Dreamweaver after not having used it since CS3. My main need is to rebuild a non/resposive site after having used a cheap, out of the box program called Serif WebPlus, which has been obsoleted by that company—so I have to start over from scratch to rebuild around a hundred pages I’d built in 2014.

    But mostly, I need to learn InDesign, as I had to hire a design firm to update the “LLPD” book, from its 2011 printing. This has cost me many thousands of bucks, and isn’t a sustainable way to publish.

    If you wanna check out the non-responsive, but still presently viewable site, (at least on desktop-sized screens), please waste a few minutes at my site, It has tons of images I’ve shot from coast to coast of his amazingly imaginative designs in sculpture.

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. I need ALL of the mentoring I can find to help me establish a working knowledge of CC, and then be able to begin promoting it. I recently posted a little sample on Behance that you might take a gander at, if you have some goof off time and a sense of curiosity.

    Best Regards,
    Greg Harm

  2. If you need to learn Adobe InDesign CC 2018 in a hurry, then take a look at Mike, Anne-Marie, David and Nigel et al have all launched some first class courses which will enable you to get to grips with this software.

    Also, register with for the Classroom in a Book series. InDesign CC 2018 will be published on or about the 17 December 2017.

    Hope this info is of some help. Best of luck!

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