Have you ever caught yourself wishing there were more hours in the day so you could accomplish more? Well unfortunately for us, that’s never going to happen but there is something you can do to stretch the day to it’s fullest potential. Rather than make the work day longer just become faster at what you do. Now depending on what industry of business you are in you may find some things easier to do faster than others. But if you, like us graphic and web designers rely on being proficient on your computer to communicate, email, create presentations, than learning the shortcut commands on your keyboard will save you hours in the long-run! One of the things I love about Adobe InDesign is that there’s usually more than one way to accomplish virtually any task. Take placing images in your document. InDesign offers a multitude of options to improve productivity in this area, thanks to learning a few keyboard shortcuts. So if you want to impress yourself and your boss, start using the simple shortcuts and start actually leaving the office at 5 o’clock!
Here are some simple ones for just about anybody to use:
-For PC Users-
-SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
-CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
-F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
-ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
-ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
-ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
For Mac Users-
-ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
-Apple + A Select all on the page or in the document.
-Apple + S Save
-Apple + Z Undo your last action
-Apple + C Copy highlighted text or pictures
-Apple + V Paste copied text
-Apple + P Print whatever you have up on your screen.
-Apple + O Open a document
-Apple + N Create a new document
-Apple + X Cut highlighted text to move it.
-Apple + Home (key) Brings you to the top of the page.