Shortcuts to Success: Fill=None & Stroke=Black

Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
Set an object's fill to None, and its stroke to Black

If you love color, like we do, you've probably got a lot of swatches in your panel, and often have to change the color of an object...

InDesign lets you quickly change the fill to none and the stroke to black. Click an object with the Selection Tool (black arrow) and type the D key (for Default). Also, if no objects are selected, it will reset the fill and stroke of the Swatches Panel. 

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It will work for type, too, but ONLY if you select the text frame with the Selection Tool, go to the Swatches Panel, and click the Formatting affects text icon (the T to the right of the square). If you highlight the text with the Type Tool and try this, your selection will be replaced with a sad, lonely D.

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This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
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