How To Change Keybinding Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign provides a comprehensive set of default keyboard shortcuts to enhance your workflow and productivity. However, if you prefer personalized shortcuts or need to adapt to specific requirements, InDesign offers the flexibility to customize keybindings. This guide will walk you through the process of changing keybindings in Adobe InDesign:

Step 1: Access Keyboard Shortcuts Dialog

  1. Launch Adobe InDesign.
  2. Navigate to the “Edit” menu (Windows) or “InDesign” menu (Mac).
  3. Select “Keyboard Shortcuts”.

Step 2: Select Shortcut Set

In the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box, the “Set” dropdown menu allows you to choose the shortcut set you want to modify. By default, “Application” is selected, which includes shortcuts for all InDesign applications. You can also create a new shortcut set by clicking the “New Set” button.

Step 3: Choose Product Area

The “Product Area” section lets you filter the commands for which you want to customize shortcuts. Select the appropriate product area, such as “Window”, “Tools”, or “Text”, to narrow down the list of commands.

Step 4: Locate and Select Command

In the “Commands” list, scroll through or use the search bar to find the specific command for which you want to assign a new shortcut. Once you’ve located the command, click on it to select it.

Step 5: Assign New Shortcut

In the “Current Shortcut” section, you can either modify the existing shortcut or create a new one. To modify an existing shortcut, press the desired key combination in the input field. To create a new shortcut, press and hold the desired modifier keys (Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Cmd) and then press the main action key.

Step 6: Assign Multiple Shortcuts (Optional)

If a command can be triggered using multiple shortcuts, you can add additional shortcuts by clicking the “Add” button and repeating the keystroke combination.

Step 7: Apply Changes and Close Dialog

Click the “OK” button to apply the changes and close the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box. Your customized shortcuts will be in effect immediately.

Additional Tips

  • To reset a shortcut to its default setting, select the command and click the “Reset” button.
  • Use the “Show Set” option to generate a list of all shortcuts in the current set.
  • If you’re creating a new shortcut set, consider naming it appropriately for easy identification.
  • Experiment with different shortcut combinations to find those that feel most comfortable and efficient for your workflow.