Shortcuts to Success: See Spaces and Non-Printing Type

Shortcuts to Success: See Spaces and Non-Printing Type

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.
Show or Hide Hidden Characters
command + option + I

Not all typos involve letters and numbers, so InDesign helps you stay on top of things with hidden characters, which indicate non-printing type, like spaces and paragraph returns. To show hidden characters, type command + option + I. As long as you're working in Normal screen mode, you'll see all your type, not just what will print.


Designers don't add more than one space after a period. Typists do.  

Got a favorite keyboard shortcut you'd like to share with everyone? Email it to us at and we'll include it in our series, along with your own commentary if you'd like.

This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto

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