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Hotkeys for Bold and Italic?

New Here ,
Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009

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I'm sure this easy and I'm dumb for not knowing it, but is there a hotkey for making selections bold or italic?  I do a lot of that and it would save my wrist many hours to find a way to do this.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009
Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + B and Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + I.You'll find a nicely organized listing for all the default keyboard shorcuts as the second-to-last item listed in the contents for InDesign Help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009

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Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + B and Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + I.

You'll find a nicely organized listing for all the default keyboard shorcuts as the second-to-last item listed in the contents for InDesign Help.

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Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009

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Note: this won't work if there's no bold or italic variant installed.

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Yeah, back in the day, it would do a faux italic or bold (I forget the term that was used), and that was a bad thing. Now you have to have the actual variant font.

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New Here ,
Mar 20, 2014 Mar 20, 2014

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This isnt working for me in inDesign CC… Does this feature exist still?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 20, 2014 Mar 20, 2014

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It should. Do your fonts have those variants installed? Also check your Mac system prefs and other applications like browsers to make sure thay haven't 'stolen' the shortcuts.

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018

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Oh my gosh! I'm so happy! I've only been using ID for decades. DERP! I'm doing a legal magazine, and they italicize all the things.

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

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This isn't working. On PC. AE version 17.5.0. The font has a bold varriant. What am I missing. I even went into the Keyboar Shortcuts tool to see if I coud reassign it to a new key binding but "bold" and "italic" does not show up at all when I search the commands. What am I missing?

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New Here ,
Nov 25, 2020 Nov 25, 2020

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Nevermind. Realised this is an InDesign discussion not After Effects.

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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 sir Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + B and Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + I is not working so do you

have any ideas to make it correct  so could you plse replay my msg.

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New Here ,
Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009

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Yup, that works like a champ.  Now if I could only select a word or series of words using only key strokes I stop using the mouse entirely.  Thanks for the help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 09, 2009 Aug 09, 2009

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Ctrl (Cmd) + Shift + leftor right arrow keys, depending on which way you want to move through the text.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2009 Aug 10, 2009

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You rock Peter.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 22, 2018 May 22, 2018

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Here are threeother solutions:

  1. Create Bold and Italic Character Styles with Shortcuts (see screen shot).
  2. Use QuickApply Ctrl (Cmd) + Enter (Return)Character_Style_Options.pngQuick_Apply_and__Untitled-1___104___GPU_Preview_.png
  3. If the same text or text string always needs to be bold or italic, the easiest solution is to set up a GREP style that will automatically apply the specified character style.Paragraph_Style_Options.png

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