InDesign Shortcuts

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File menu

New > Document Ctrl+N
Open Ctrl+O
Browse Alt+Ctrl+O
(opens Adobe Bridge)
Close Ctrl+W
Save Ctrl+S
Save As Shift+Ctrl+S
Save A Copy Alt+Ctrl+S
Place Ctrl+D
Export Ctrl+E
Document Setup Alt+Ctrl+P
File Info Alt+Shift+Ctrl+I
Preflight Alt+Shift+Ctrl+F
Package Alt+Shift+Ctrl+P
Print Ctrl+P
Exit Ctrl+Q

Edit Menu

Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Shift+Ctrl+Z
Cut Ctrl+X
Copy Ctrl+C
Paste Ctrl+V
Paste without formatting Shift+Ctrl+V
Paste Into Alt+Ctrl+V
Paste in Place Alt+Shift+Ctrl+V
Duplicate Alt+Shift+Ctrl+D
Step and Repeat (multiple duplicate) Alt+Ctrl+U
Select All Ctrl+A
Deselect All Shift+Ctrl+A
Edit in Story Editor Ctrl+Y
Quick Apply Ctrl+Enter
Find/Change Ctrl+F
Find Next Alt+Ctrl+F
Preferences > General Ctrl+K

Layout Menu

Pages > Add Page Shift+Ctrl+P
First Page Shift+Ctrl+PageUp
Previous Page Shift+PageUp
Next Page Shift+PageDown
Last Page Shift+Ctrl+PageDown
Next Spread Alt+PgDown
Previous Spread Alt+PageUp
Go Back Ctrl+PageUp
Go Forward Ctrl+PageDown

Type Menu

Character Ctrl+T
Paragraph Ctrl+M
Tabs Shift+Ctrl+C
Character Styles Shift+F11
Paragraph Styles F11
Create Outlines Shift+Ctrl+O

Insert Special Character

Auto Page Number Alt+Shift+Ctrl+N
Bullet Alt+8
Copyright Alt+G
Ellipsis Alt+;
Paragraph symbol Alt+7
Registered trademark Alt+R
Section symbol Alt+6
Em dash Alt+Shift+-
En dash Alt+-
Discretionary hyphen Shift+Ctrl+-
Nonbreaking hyphen Alt+Ctrl+-
Double left quotation mark Alt+[
Double right quotation mark Alt+Shift+[
Single left quotation mark Alt+]
Single right quotation mark Alt+Shift+]
Tab Tab
Right Indent Tab Shift+Tab
Indent to Here Ctrl+\

Insert White Space

Em Space Shift+Ctrl+M
En Space Shift+Ctrl+N
Nonbreaking Space Alt+Ctrl+X
Thin Space Alt+Shift+Ctrl+M

Insert Break Character

Column Break Num Enter
Frame Break Shift+Num Enter
Page Break Ctrl+Num Enter
Forced Luine Break Shift+Enter
Paragraph Return Enter

Show Hidden Characters Alt+Ctrl+I

Object Menu

Transform Again

Transform Again Alt+Ctrl+3
Transform Sequence Again Alt+Ctrl+4


Bring to Front Shift+Ctrl+]
Bring Forward Ctrl+]
Send Backward Ctrl+[
Send to Back Shift+Ctrl+[

Group Ctrl+G
Ungroup Shift+Ctrl+G
Lock Postion Ctrl+L
Unlock Position Alt+Ctrl+L
Text Frame Options Ctrl+B


Fit Content to Frame Alt+Ctrl+E
Fit Frame to Content Alt+Ctrl+C
Centre Content Shift+Ctrl+E
Fit Content Proportionally Alt+Shift+Ctrl+E

Drop Shadow Alt+Ctrl+M
Clipping Path Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K

Compound Paths

Make Ctrl+8
Release Alt+Ctrl+8

Table Menu

Insert Table Alt+Shift+Ctrl+T
Table Options > Table Setup Alt+Shift+Ctrl+B

View Menu

Overprint Preview Alt+Shift+Ctrl+Y
Zoom In Ctrl+ Num +
Zoom Out Ctrl+ Num -
Fit Page In Window Ctrl+0
Fit Spread In Window Alt+Ctrl+0
Actual Size Ctrl+1
Entire Pasteboard Alt+Shift+Ctrl+0

Display Performance

Fast Display Shift+Ctrl+0
Typical Display Alt+Ctrl+Z
High Quality Display Alt+Ctrl+H

Structure > Show Structure Alt+Ctrl+1
Show/Hide Text Threads Alt+Ctrl+Y
Show/Hide Frame Edges Ctrl+H
Show/Hide Rulers Ctrl+R

Grids & Guides

Show/Hide Guides Ctrl+;
Lock Guides Alt+Ctrl+;
Snap to Guides Shift+Ctrl+;
Show Baseline Grid Alt+Ctrl+'
Show Document Grid Ctrl+'
Snap to Document Grid Shift+Ctrl+'

Window Menu

Colour F6
Control Alt+Ctrl+6
Info F8
Layers F7
Links Shift+Ctrl+D

Object & Layout

Align Shift+F7
Transform F9
Object Styles Ctrl+F7
Output > Seperations Preview Shift+F6
Pages F12
Stroke F10
Swatches F5
Text Wrap Alt+Ctrl+W
Transparency Shift+F10

Type & Tables

Character Ctrl+T
Character Styles Shift+F11
Index Shift+F8
Paragraph Ctrl+M
Paragraph Styles F11
Table Shift+F9
Tabs Shift+Ctrl+T