Do you know there are more than 150 Adobe InDesign Shortcuts? Well remembering all the shortcut key is a big task. Now what way I found to remember this shortcut is make a list of all the shortcuts used by me on a paper. Had it put on my board and used it every time I had to perform the task.

List of Adobe InDesign Shortcuts

This way you will memorize some of the shortcuts every day and improve my productivity. Also one of the interesting feature of the Adobe InDesign is that you can create your own shortcuts. Adobe InDesign shortcut keys will helps you to quickly work in the documents without using the mouse. Most of the Adobe InDesign Shortcuts appear next to the command names.

File Menu Shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
New File Ctrl + N Command + N
Open File Ctrl + O Command + O
Close Window Ctrl + W Command + W
Open in bridge Ctrl + Alt + O Command + Option + O
Place Ctrl + D Command + D
Save Ctrl + S Command + S
Save as Ctrl + Shift + S Command + Shift + S
Print Ctrl + P Command + P
Page setup Ctrl + Alt + P Command + Option + P
Package Ctrl + Shift + Alt + P Command + Shift + Option + P
Quit application Ctrl + Q Command + Q
Export Ctrl + E Command + E

Edit & Layout Menu Shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Undo Ctrl + Z Command + Z
Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z Command + Shift + Z
Copy Ctrl + C Command + C
Cut Ctrl + X Command + X
Paste Ctrl + V Command + V
Paste without formatting Ctrl + Shift + V Command + Shift + V
Select all Ctrl + A Command + A
Deselect all Ctrl + Shift + A Command + Shift + A
Find or Change Ctrl + F Command + F
Find Next Ctrl + Alt + F Command + Option + F
Check spelling Ctrl + I Command + I
Preferences Ctrl + K Command + K
Paste in place Ctrl + Shift + Alt + V Command + Shift + Option + V
Paste into Ctrl + Alt + V Command + Option + V
Duplicate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + D Command + Shift + Option + D
Edit in story editor Ctrl + Y Command + Y
Check out Ctrl + F9 Command + F9
Check in Ctrl + Shift + F9 Command + Shift + F9
Update content Ctrl + F5 Command + F5
Quick apply Ctrl + Enter Command + Return
Go to page Ctrl + J Command + J
Add page Ctrl + Shift + P Command + Shift + P
Previous spread Alt + Page Up Option + Page Up
Next spread Alt + Page Down Option + Page Down

Type Menu shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Tabs Shift + Ctrl + T Shift + Command + T
Glyphs Shift + Alt + F11 Shift + Option + F11
Forced link break Shift + Enter Shift + Return
Hidden Characters Ctrl + Alt + I Command + Option + I

Object Menu shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Transform again Ctrl + Alt + 4 Command + Option + 4
Group Ctrl + G Command + G
Ungroup Ctrl + Shift + G Command + Shift + G
Compound path Ctrl + 8 Command + 8
Drop shadow Ctrl + Alt + M Command + Option + M
Center content Ctrl + Shift + E Command + Shift + E
Fill frame proportionally Ctrl + Shift + Alt + C Command + Shift + Option + C
Bring front Ctrl + Shift + [ Command + Shift + [
Send back Ctrl + Shift + ] Command + Shift + ]
Text frame options Ctrl + B Command + B

View Menu shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Smart guides Ctrl + U Command + U
Guides Ctrl + ; Command + ;
High quality display Ctrl + Alt + H Command + Option + H
Text threads Ctrl + Alt + Y Command + Option + Y
Frame edges Ctrl + H Command + H
Rulers Ctrl + R Command + R
Actual size Ctrl + 1 Command + 1
200% size Ctrl + 2 Command + 2
400% size Ctrl + 4 Command + 4
50% size Ctrl + 5 Command + 5
Set Presentation background to black B B
Set Presentation background to gray G G
Set Presentation background to white W W
Show cyan plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 1 Command + Shift + Option + 1
Show magenta plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 2 Command + Shift + Option + 2
Show yellow plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 3 Command + Shift + Option + 3
Show black plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 4 Command + Shift + Option + 4
Show 1st spot plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 5 Command + Shift + Option + 5
Show 2nd spot plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 6 Command + Shift + Option + 6
Show 3rd spot plate Ctrl + Shift + Alt + 7 Command + Shift + Option + 7
Show all plates Ctrl + Shift + Alt + ‘ Command + Shift + Option + ‘

Tools shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Selection Tool V V
Direct selection tool A A
Magic wind tool Y Y
Lasso tool Q Q
Pen tool P P
Blob brush tool Shift + B Shift + B
Add anchor point tool + +
Delete anchor point tool
Convert anchor point tool Shift + C Shift + C
Type tool T T
Line segment tool \ \
Rectangle tool M M
Ellipse tool L L
Paintbrush tool B B
Pencil tool N N
Rotate tool R R
Reflect tool O O
Scale tool S S
Warp tool Shift + R Shift + R
Width tool Shift + W Shift + W
Free Transform tool E E
Shape builder tool Shift + M Shift + M
Perspective grid tool Shift + P Shift + P
Perspective selection tool Shift + V Shift + V
Symbol sprayer tool Shift + S Shift + S
Column graph tool J J
Mesh tool U U
Gradient tool G G
Blend tool W W
Zoom tool Z Z
Hand tool H H
Scissors tool C C
Eraser tool Shift + E Shift + E
Slice tool Shift + K Shift + K
Live paint selection tool Shift + L Shift + L

Panels shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Swatches F5 F5
Layers F7 F7
Stroke F10 F10
Paragraph styles F11 F11
Character styles Shift + F11 Shift + F11
Text wrap Ctrl + Alt + W Command + Option + W
Links Ctrl + Shift + D Command + Shift + D
Info F8 F8
Character Ctrl + T Command + T
Control Ctrl + Alt + 6 Command + Option + 6
Object styles Ctrl + F7 Command + F7
Colors F6 F6
Paragraph styles Ctrl + F11 Command + F11
Index Shift + F8 Shift + F8
Tables Shift + F9 Shift + F9
Scripts Ctrl + Alt + F11 Command + Option + F11
Text wrap Ctrl + Alt + W Command + Option + W

Formatting shortcuts

Action Windows Mac
Decrease font size Ctrl + Shift + < Command + Shift + <
Increase font size Ctrl + Shift + > Command + Shift + >
Adjust leading size Alt + ↑/↓ Option + ↑/↓
Flush left Ctrl + Shift + L Command + Shift + L
Flush Right Ctrl + Shift + R Command + Shift + R
Center Ctrl + Shift + C Command + Shift + C
Justify Ctrl + Shift + J Command + Shift + J
Bold Ctrl + Shift + B Command + Shift + B
Italic Ctrl + Shift + I Command + Shift + I
Underline Ctrl + Shift + U Command + Shift + U
Tracking Alt + ← Option + ←
Kerning Alt + → Option + →

Efficient Zoom & Pan and Click Technique

Action Windows Mac
Drag mouse to zoom Ctrl + Spacebar Command + Spacebar
Fit page in view Ctrl + 0 Command + 0
Fit spread in view Ctrl + Alt + 0 Command + Option + 0
Zoom in Ctrl + + Command + +
Zoom out Ctrl + – Command + –
Pane in view Spacebar + Drag Spacebar + Drag
Pane when in text Alt + Drag Option + Drag
Select Thru Ctrl + Click Command + Click
Override master Ctrl + Shift + Click Command + Shift + Click
Scale Graphics Ctrl + Shift + Drag Command + Shift + Drag

All the above Adobe InDesign Shortcut keys can be shared with the others who uses the same InDesign platform. The people who would really love this shortcuts are Graphic Designers, Artists, Publishers, Marketing Professionals and many more. Learn these amazing time saving shortcuts. I also wish after having a look at the Adobe InDesign Shortcuts you are willing to learn Adobe Acrobat Pro Shortcuts.

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