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Selecting Text in InDesign with Keyboard Shortcuts

Don’t want to take your hands off the keyboard during a marathon text editing session? Use these keyboard shortcuts!

I probably don’t even use half of these, but if you do heavy text editing in InDesign these may be worth learning. (I’m going to guess these will work for InCopy as well, but I am not sure)

  • double click: selects the word.
  • triple click: selects the line.
  • 4x click: selects the paragraph.
  • ctrl/cmd + left/right arrows: Skips the cursor left/right by one word.
  • ctrl/cmd + up/down arrows: skips the cursor up/down by one paragraph.
  • shift + arrow: Selects text.
  • ctrl/cmd + Shift + left/right arrows: Adds to text selection by one word to the left/right.
  • ctrl/cmd + shift + up/down arrows: Adds to text selection by one paragraph up/down.
  • shift + home/end: Selects text from the cursor to the beginning/end of the line.
  • ctrl + shift + home/end: Selects text from the cursor to the beginning/end of the story.
  • ctrl + a: Selects all text in the story.
  • ctrl + shift + a: Deselects all text in the story.
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  1. adobeclass
    2010/09/02 at 1:03 am

    School’s back in, BTW, so I may occasionally just copy and paste bits & pieces from my handouts and call it a blog post, as I did here.

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