Shortcuts to Success: Find Type in a Flash with the Glyphs Panel

Shortcuts to Success: Find Type in a Flash with the Glyphs Panel

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.
Access the Glyphs Panel
option + shift + F11


If you don't know about the Glyphs Panel, your life is about to be changed, forever! But, first, what is a glyph? Well, in typography, it simply means any mark. A character can have more than one glyph. Let's say a font has two versions of the letter F. The F is the character, and each version is a glyph. The Glyphs Panel is a great tool, because it lets you see and select every glyph for any font loaded in your system. See how it's done, after the jump.

In this example, we'll insert the Floral Heart from Zaph Dingbats.

1. Use your Type Tool to select the character that you want to change in your text. Then, go to the bottom left of the Glyphs Panel and select the font you want to use from the pop-up menu (Zaph Dingbats), or just start typing its name. If Entire Font is selected from the Show pop-up menu at the top of the Panel, just above all the glyphs, you can see every glyph available from the font you've chosen. We want the Floral Heart.

2. Now that we've found the Floral Heart, just double-click it to insert it over the selected type.

3. The Floral Heart is now in the Recently Used group at the top of the Panel. This comes in handy when you're working with a different font. (Notice that Adobe Garamond Pro is now displayed.) Just double click the Floral Heart, again, to insert it where you've placed your cursor with the Type Tool.

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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