Assigning an action to a HotKey

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Jan 28, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

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Can I assign an action (coloring the selected character a certain color) to a HotKey (like ctrl+1)

Total newbie here plz make it easy...

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Susan

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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>> coloring the selected character a certain color

You can set character style with only applying a color and then you can set in character style options a shortcut for applying this style.

 

https://www.adobepress.com/articles/article.asp?p=1873031#:~:text=Click%20in%20the%20Shortcut%20box,....

 

 

 

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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George was quicker 😉

Here's a screenshot of the setting he mentioned. This works also with paragraph and object styles.
 
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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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There is no actions like in PhotoShop in InDesign. You can vote about here -

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31049275-ac...

 

 

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Hi Susan,

as already said, you can do this with a character style who's only definition is the fill color of a character.

Plus a keyboard shortcut you bind with the style.

 

If you have to do that very often and you can make out a pattern where you have to do that, always on a certain word perhaps, you should look either into InDesign's Find/Change panel and work with perhaps the GREP tab or look into features like GREP Styles or Nested Styles that can be part of paragraph formatting or a paragraph style.

 

Other option:

Use the Eyedropper Tool to pick up formatting and apply the picked up formatting to selected text.

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/indesign-eyedropper-tool-copy-formatting.html

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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