Tag Archives: InDesign CS5

Rounding Numbered List Numbers

When creating numbered lists, sometimes we want to have rounded numbers with nice circle, maybe colored… But, how to achieve this effect? One of the ways is to find specific font, or maybe to anchor text frame with number. The most expected way would be to apply Character Style to Automatic Numbering and with help of Underline to achieve desired effect, BUT, it seems that InDesign has really bad BUG when it comes to underlining automatic numbering! Yes, you have read it correctly! There is NO way to underline Automatic Numbering! 😦 So, we need to find some workarounds…
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Quickly Transform to Duplicate

This is also, one of my favorite features! (I have so many favorite features! I don’t know why?! Or maybe I do! I just love InDesign! :D) There is fast and easy way to transform selected object and create duplicate.

So, how to do it? It’s really easy. All you need is Alt (PC) / Opt (Mac)! There are so many places where you can utilize this useful feature!

As you can see form screenshot, you can use it in Transform Panel/Control Tool Bar. Select object, input new value in X or Y field and hit Alt (PC) / Opt (Mac) + Enter. InDesign will automatically duplicate selected object and move duplicate by amount of units you entered! So easy!
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Create 2 Guides (H&V) in 1 Move

Guides are very helpful, and I use them all the time. But, when you need to create them, that can be really time-consuming.

Fortunately, there is little helpful feature that will save you some time and energy while creating guides! InDesign allows you to draw both horizontal and vertical guides simultaneously!
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Auto Apply Object Style to Placed Image

Have you ever placed bunch of images and after placing you selected all of them and applied same Object Style? If you even tried to select Object Style before placing, don’t bother anymore, it can’t be done. It’s a bug!

But, fortunately Michael Ninness (VP of Content, lynda.com, former InDesign Product Manager, designer, author) mentioned a little “easter egg” in InDesign CS4 that (sort of) fixes the bug and it’s also working for CS5!

So, let’s see how to make it work! 🙂
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Power + Zoom = Power Zoom!

Personally, one of my favorite features in InDesign is so-called “Power Zoom” feature. This enables you to quickly scroll through your document. It’s helpful especially with long documents. If you never used this feature before, you will fall in love very quickly! 😀

So, how to activate/use it?
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Quickly Add/Remove Row(s)/Column(s) in Table

This is really nice and easy way to add/remove row(s)/column(s) in table. As you probably know, Alt (Opt) key is used to duplicate objects, so it can also be used within table. Simply grab row/column edge and add Alt (Opt) key while dragging. You will instantly see the result! It’s so cool! This also works if you want to add row(s)/column(s) in middle of the table. Notice that InDesign will use width/height of previous row/column while adding new one(s).

To remove row(s)/column(s) do the same, but you have to drag to opposite direction.

Be aware that InDesign will delete row(s)/column(s) all together with its contents!


Create new Swatch “On the Fly”


Creating new Paragraph/Character Style “On the Fly”, setting font, size, tabs, paragraph rules, and everything is great, and when you want to assign color, you see that you didn’t setup color swatch! 😐 You close style dialog, add new swatch, and then come back to style and assign color.

Well, that’s completely WRONG! 😀
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