Shortcuts to Success: Make a Grid in Seconds!

Shortcuts to Success: Make a Grid in Seconds!

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.
Make a Grid (CS5 or later)
drag to draw an object with the shape or frame tool, then use arrows to create rows and columns

This one will blow your mind! If you've ever needed to build a grid, you know how tedious it is to get the alignment and spacing consistent. Well, with this shortcut, you can draw a grid in about 10 seconds: draw a rectangle, and before you release your mouse, use the up, down, left, and right arrows to add columns and rows. Don't believe it? Check out the video after the jump.

Here's how it's done:

  1. Draw a rectangle (or square) with the rectangle shape or frame tool to the height and width of your finished grid, but don't release your mouse when you're done.

  2. Use the arrow keys to construct the grid. 
    Rows: Press the up arrow to add each, or the down arrow to subtract each
    Columns: Press the right arrow to add each, or the left arrow to subtract each
  3. Release your mouse, and you're done!

Click to see it in action!

HOT TIP: This also works with other shapes, and graphic frames, which you can then place images in.


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This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto
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