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How to Perform Quick Apply in indesign?

Quick Apply was introduced in InDesign CS2, although most users have no idea it’s there or what it does. Even if you do know Quick Apply, don’t skip over this section—CS3 is the Col. Steve Austin version Quick Apply. Adobe sat down with InDesign, with Quick Apply, and Kevin Van Weil said, “Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic application menu. Quick Apply will be that application menu. Better than it was before. Better… stronger… faster.”
In the last version, Quick Apply was a menu that consolidated all paragraph, character, and object styles into a single list for rapid access to any of them. Now, in InDesign CS3, its bionics enhance Quick Apply to include all those styles, table and cell styles, and menu commands and scripts all together in a single, rapid-action list. In other words, you might be able to hide the Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, Object Styles, Table Styles, Cell Styles, and Scripts panels and reclaim screen real estate they consume. You really have to see Quick Apply to understand it. Press Cmd+Return/Ctrl+Enter and the Quick Apply menu will appear (see Figure A).
The basic operation of Quick Apply is simple: In the search field above the list, begin typing the name of a style in the current document. As you type, the list of available options will shrink, filtered to those styles, commands, scripts, and variables that begin with what you typed. The first option matching your input will be highlighted. To choose it, applying the style or whatever to a selected object or text, simply press Return/Enter. If the highlighted item isn’t what you want, type more of the name or use the up and down arrows on your keyboard to navigate the list. Can I select something with the mouse? Of course; it’s a scrollable list, after all. But the main point of Quick Apply, with its simple Cmd+Return/Ctrl+Enter activation shortcut—the ability to type a part of a name and use Return/Enter to apply it—is to spare you the need to take your hands off the keyboard. Its secondary point, which does just as much for productivity, saves you from searching through various panels and menus hunting for something whose name—but not exact location— you already know. When you press Return/Enter to apply a selected style, Quick Apply will retreat out of your way.
At the top of Quick Apply you have two buttons (see Figure B). The lightning bolt hides the Quick Apply menu itself. You may recognize it as appearing on all the individual styles panels where the same button will hide or show Quick Apply. Next, the down-facing arrow lets you choose what to show in the Quick Apply menu (see Figure B). That’s right, Quick Apply includes not only all the styles, but also text variables, scripts, and every menu command in InDesign: those on the menu bar at the top of the application, those on panel flyout menus, and even many that don’t appear anywhere else in the user interface. You can quite literally run InDesign exclusively from Quick Apply. (Note that scripts are, by default, not included in Quick Apply. To include them, activate that option from the Show/Hide menu.) You can even include in Quick Apply menu commands hidden by customizing menus.
Beside each type of entry in the Show/Hide menu is a parenthetic special code—for instance (p:) beside Include Paragraph Styles. With so much now added to the Six Million Dollar Menu, typing just a few letters into the search field will undoubtedly return numerous commands, styles, and so on. The expanded focus of Quick Apply therefore becomes a hindrance to its own utility. Rather, it would, but for the filter codes. If you want a table style, for example, preface your search with t:, which filters the Quick Apply list to show only table styles. Use m: for menu commands, v: for text variables, p: for paragraph styles, and so on. The Show/Hide menu is a complete key to filter codes.
Quick Apply even makes it easy to edit a style. Pressing Cmd+Return/Ctrl+Enter opens Quick Apply, but pressing the shortcut again while Quick Apply is open will open the editing options for the selected style, command, script, or variable. With an object style selected, for instance, Cmd+Return/Ctrl+Enter will open the Object Style Options dialog editing that particular style. With a text variable selected, Cmd+Return/Ctrl+Enter opens the Text Variables dialog.


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