Text Editing Efficiencies – Part 2
Last week in part 1, I discussed the benefits of using the keyboard when working with text in InCopy. I focused mostly on navigating through text stories in InCopy quickly using a variety of useful keyboard shortcuts. This week I’d like to expand on those efficiencies by providing some useful keyboard shortcuts for selecting text in InCopy.
Selecting text using the keyboard
There are many similarities between navigating text and selecting text using the keyboard. With your cursor inserted somewhere within a text story, you can combine the shift key and the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to select one character at a time left and right or the up and down arrow keys to select one line at a time up or down from the location of your cursor. Note that selecting one line up or down selects an entire line from the current location of your cursor. For even more control, add the Command key (Mac) or the Control key (Windows) along with the shift key to those same arrow keys. This increases the amount of text that you can select considerably. Using the Cmd/Ctrl + shift keys in conjunction with the left and right arrow keys selects one word at a time and using the up and down arrow keys selects one paragraph at a time. Keep in mind that the first use of this shortcut selects to the beginning/end of the current word or paragraph. Successive use of these shortcuts selects the next word or paragraph. Finally, using the Shift + Cmd/Ctrl key in conjunction with the home and end keys on your keyboard will select to the beginning and end of a story respectively. If you’re working on a smaller sized keyboard without home and end keys, you can still achieve this result by combining the Shift + Cmd/Ctrl + fn (function) keys along with the left arrow (home) and the right arrow (end) on the keyboard. I like to use this shortcut when working in layout view to select all of the text that is overset in a frame. It can be a little bit of keyboard twister but the rewards are well worth it!
I’ve added a table of the keyboard shortcuts discussed in this post below for easy access later on. If you missed last week’s post, be sure to check it out and you’ll find a table of shortcuts for navigating text there as well. Did I miss a useful keyboard shortcut for navigating and selecting text that you’d like to share? Please post it in the comments section below. We’d love to learn more!
|Description||Mac Shortcut||Windows Shortcut|
|Select one character left||Shift + Left Arrow||Shift + Left Arrow|
|Select one character right||Shift + Right Arrow||Shift + Right Arrow|
|Select an entire line up||Shift + Up Arrow||Shift + Up Arrow|
|Select an entire line down||Shift + Down Arrow||Shift + Down Arrow|
|Select one word left||Shift + Cmd + Left Arrow||Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow|
|Select one word right||Shift + Cmd + Right Arrow||Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow|
|Select one paragraph up||Shift + Cmd + Up Arrow||Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow|
|Select one paragraph down||Shift + Cmd + Down Arrow||Shift + Ctrl + Down Arrow|
|Select to beginning of story||Shift + Cmd + Home||Shift + Ctrl + Home|
|Select to beginning of story (min keyboard)||fn + Shift + Cmd + Left Arrow||fn + Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow|
|Select to end of story||Shift + Cmd + End||Shift + Ctrl + End|
|Select to end of story (min keyboard)||fn + Shift + Cmd + Right Arrow||fn + Shift + Ctrl + Right Arrow|