Shortcuts to Success: Bring in Text and Images

Shortcuts to Success: Bring in Text and Images

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.
Place Text and Image Files
command + D

Publication Designers always use files from other applications in their InDesign layouts using the place command. 


To place a text or graphic file, type command + D (think of D for document), navigate to where the file is stored, and click open to get a loaded cursor. Single click to place the file, and click, hold, and drag to draw a frame, and place the content in it.

You can even place multiple files by holding down shift and clicking on the file names

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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