Indesign tip: Create Custom Shortcut keys for TOP, LEFT, RIGHT, or BOTTOM Object Alignment

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May be you are well aware of many useful shortcut keys to work efficiently in Indesign and well most of them are easy to remember and are useful. But, what I feel is that still there are many menus and tool left that need to have shortcut keys.

Here in my case, I very often use the alignment tool, to align the object placed in the document. And every time to align them I have to go through the tools panel using the mouse pointer to align them in any way, top-left-bottom or right.

Now what to do in such a situation? For this the best solution will be use the customize shortcuts keyboard keys… so today in this article I will show you how you can do this.

But before we should proceed, first of all we should consider the keys which we will use for shortcut keys. Now as I am also well proficient in CorelDraw also, then I always prefer keys should match for both of the software. In CorelDraw keyboard shortcut for Top alignment is T, for bottom B and for right and left is R and L respectively. But to use these keyboard in Indesign here has a major conflict with Top (T) with type text tool (in Coreldraw type tool comes with the press of F8 function key). But if these shortcut for alignment tools suits you then in same way you can assign new key to Type tool.

So find below the full procedure how you can create the custom shortcut keys.

  1. First click on Edit > keyboard Shortcuts…
    Indesign Keyboard Shortcut
    Indesign Keyboard Shortcut
  2. From the window displayed click on new set and save it as a new keyboard shortcut profile.
  3. Now from the Product area drop down menu select object editing menu.
    Indesign object editing menu
    Indesign object editing menu
  4. With in this Object Editing menu look for Horizontal Align Left and assign keyboard shortcut L and click on assign.
  5. Just below the Horizontal Left you will notice the Horizontal align Right, to it assign the keyboard shortcut R and then click on assign also.
  6. So far you have assigned two shortcuts keys for Right and Left alignment… now scroll down in the commands window till you reach to the Vertical Alignment Top to which assign T and Vertical Align bottom and assign B for it respectively.
    Indesign Type Tool Menu Location
    Indesign Type Tool Menu Location
  7. Now you have crated all the four new custom keys for object alignment, but what about the confection with the type tool and top alignment (though once you assign the T keyword for Top alignment, then shortcut for type tool will be automatically removed).
  8. So if you want to create a new shortcut for TYPE tool then you can do it from Tools drop down menu and then selecting the type tool and then assigning a new keyword say F8 as I very often use this in CorelDraw also.

So today you have learned the basic concept on how to create keyboard shortcut Indesign CS3… how do you like it let me know.

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