On 6/26/03 2:37 PM, Carl Brenner at
>> On 6/26/03 12:32 PM, Carl Brenner at
>>> Is there a keyboard shortcut - or can I set one up - that will allow me
>>> to switch to the selection tool while the text insertion point is active
>>> (in other words, while the text tool is currently selected)? When I'm
>>> done inserting or typing text and I want to switch to the selection
>>> tool, I don't see how I can get around eventually having to use the
>>> mouse to do it. I realize from the manual that hitting the command key
>>> will allow me to revert to the previous tool as long as I hold it down,
>>> but I still end up back in the text tool when I release the key. And
>>> obviously the regular keyboard shortcut for the selection tool (V) won't
>>> work because I just end up typing a V into my document.
>>> In addition, I've tried setting up a keyboard shortcut using the
>>> shortcut feature in InDesign's Edit menu, and I still can't seem to do
>>> it. (Despite the fact that I've successfully set up many others before.)
>>> It's as if being in the type environment simply overrules everything
>>> What am I missing? Isn't this possible?
>> You don't mention whether you are in a Mac or PC environment... but on my
>> Mac I achieve this by holding down the command key and the pointer will
>> toggle between the text tool and the last selection tool used.
>> For quick move, this works great :)
> Thanks for your reply, Sherry. I'm on a Mac, and yes, I'm aware that
> using the command key will produce this behavior. I'm just looking for a
> way to exit the type tool "for good" (i.e., not have the program revert
> to the type tool upon release of the command key). Basically, what I'm
> grumbling about is this: The way the app is designed, you can use
> keyboard shortcuts to select any tool at any time ... except if the text
> insertion point is active. It's not the hugest deal in the world; I just
> wish I could set up a hot key that would do this for me, and I can't
> seem to. So what I'm doing is simply moving the cursor outside of the
> current text box and clicking. That inactivates the text insertion point
> and I can then switch tools via the shortcuts, but it seems slightly
> kludgy to me, and I was wondering if there was a better way, that's all.
Okay... I created a text block and typed text in it...and left the text tool
selected and the insertion point...blinking.
Went under Edit - Keyboard shortcuts and under the default group I selected
Tools under Product Area.
Scrolled down to Selection Tool which, when clicked, shows Default = V as
I went to the new shortcut box and pressed the F1 key on my keyboard.
It showed as (unassigned) so I clicked "assign" and it added it for my
shortcuts for the selection tool. (didn't want to delete the default; might
need that later ;) )
Since the F1 key is not a text character, it switches to the selection tool
not only from the active text tool when you hit it, but from any other tool
Only problem is that the text container itself is still selected and you
still have to click off of it with the selection tool to deselect it. Any
way you look at it, you will still have to deselect, but at least this way
you will have the correct tool to do it with :)
Does this help at all?
(rubs bleary eyes from working too late and hoping she didn't miss the
obvious again... LOL)
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