Shortcuts to Success: Use That Color Again

Shortcuts to Success: Use That Color Again

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.
Apply the Last-Used Swatch

If you want to apply the same color swatch to multiple objects, select the object and type comma. The last color you used will be applied to either the fill or the stroke, depending on which one you've activated. 

One important requirement: this only works with swatches, not colors applied with the Color Panel. In fact, if you have the Color Panel open, close it, or the shortcut won't work. And, don't try it with selected type, unless you want replace those words with a comma.

BTW, check out our shortcut from a few weeks ago, to learn how to swap an object's stroke and fill.

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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