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Keyboard shortcut to move text to a new column in InDesign????

New Here ,
Apr 22, 2014 Apr 22, 2014

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I can do para return, shift par return but not move copy to new column. It'a driving me potty. Don't want text boxes full of returns, Do I need to make 3 text boxes for 3 columns rather than using a shortcut in one box????

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 22, 2014 Apr 22, 2014
The number pad Enter key inserts a column/frame break. If you don't have a num-pad Enter key, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Type Menu > Insert Break Character: Column Break and assign a key combination...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 22, 2014 Apr 22, 2014

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The number pad Enter key inserts a column/frame break. If you don't have a num-pad Enter key, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Type Menu > Insert Break Character: Column Break and assign a key combination...

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New Here ,
Apr 23, 2014 Apr 23, 2014

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Fantastic - thanks a million.

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New Here ,
Jun 02, 2015 Jun 02, 2015

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Almost a year later, your tip is still paying off. Thanks lots

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Apr 11, 2016 Apr 11, 2016

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2016 and your answer is the gift that keeps on keeping on... Thanks!

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Feb 01, 2018 Feb 01, 2018

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Almost four years later and it's helpful!

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Apr 01, 2021 Apr 01, 2021

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2021 and you're still helping people (me) out

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May 09, 2021 May 09, 2021

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On many current short keyboard laptops (Windows) Fn Return no longer works. Which Shortcut combination is most widely used for a column break (so student/employees can use them consistenly in different settings/computers)?

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2016 Apr 15, 2016

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Glory and praise to the design gods! THANK YOU FOR THIS ANSWER! Was driving me "potty" as well since I don't have a full keyboard.

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Participant ,
Apr 17, 2017 Apr 17, 2017

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I hate to be daft, but if I have a frame that is 2 columns and I press the Num Enter key, it breaks to a new page, not to the other column. What am I missing?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 17, 2017 Apr 17, 2017

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What am I missing?

Well, you may be missing something, but it's hard to tell from here.

If you're not, then it's a malfunction, the kind that often clears up with a reset of preferences.

Troubleshooting 101: Replace, or "trash" your InDesign preferences

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Mentor ,
Apr 17, 2017 Apr 17, 2017

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How this thing should work:

Numpad Enter breaks to next column (or next frame if there’s no next column in that frame, or next page if there’s no next frame on that same page)

Shift+Enter breaks to next frame

Ctrl+Enter breaks to next page

If you’re on a notebook with the main keyboard only (no numpad), try to include Fn key in a combination, using 'main' Enter/Return key.

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New Here ,
May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

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Right on!

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New Here ,
May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

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I spoke too soon! The text I did have in the 2nd column disappeared after hitting the #pad enter key while in column 1. Where did it go?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

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It is overset. Look at Edit > Edit in Story Editor. Also, you will see a red plus sign in the outport of the textframe (the lower-right corner)

Mike Witherell

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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Running CS6 and to my great frustration, I could not assign a shortcut key combination. I followed instrux up til the assign & then nothing I came up with would satisfy.

The Column Break window even gave "Delete" as the default...

I tried a variety of options, but NOTHING jumped the type to the next column. Any guesses, or suggestions for a key combination????

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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The Column Break window even gave "Delete" as the default...

Sounds like corrupt preferences. Reset: Troubleshooting 101: Replace, or "trash" your InDesign preferences then try again.

I hesitate to suggest a key combination, having no idea what program defaults you might or might not consider expendable. I tend to explore the Function keys (e.g., F8) with modifiers, perhaps just because I find them easy to remember.

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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Will try- but exactly what kind of modifiers with the F keysI don't

really use these much anyway, so no problem there. Are modifiers letters?

Opt/Control/Shift etc?

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 2:09 PM John Mensinger <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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Thx. REplaced Prefs & it got rid of the 'Delete' under Default.

Tried using Fn key + Return, but without moving manually to the next

column, the next line doesn't jump.

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 2:08 PM, John Mensinger <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Mentor ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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Well, why you need a custom key comb, when there is one already?

You don't have numpad, and what's about Fn key?

Did you try Fn+Return? It's documented as a workaround for those without numpad keys.

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Explorer ,
Sep 12, 2017 Sep 12, 2017

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I reset the Preferences and the 'Default delete' disappeared. One down.

But the Fn key + Return isn't a stand-alone single command to change columns. I still have to MOVE the carat to the next column....

I would so much appreciate ANY suggested keyboard shortcut, e.g., F8 with modifier [not sure what this might be]

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