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Tip of the Week: Fast Text Formatting With the Eyedropper Tool

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With the Eyedropper tool you can quickly sample and apply all kinds of formatting for objects. Just select an object whose formatting you want to change and press the keyboard shortcut I to switch to the Eyedropper (if you get the Color Theme tool by mistake, just press I again to get the Eyedropper). Then to click the object whose formatting you want to copy.

But what if you want to do the same thing with text? In that case, you have to first change the keyboard shortcut and add a modifier key (otherwise you’d replace your selected text with the letter i). To change the shortcut for the Eyedropper tool, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Choose Product Area: Tools, and then scroll down the Commands list until you see Toggle Eyedropper and Color Theme Tools. Put your cursor in the New Shortcut field and type the shortcut you want to use and click Assign. I like Ctrl+Shift+I for this use.


Now when the Eyedropper tool is showing in the Tools panel, you can press Ctrl+Shift+I and click on any text to copy its formatting (including styles) and apply that formatting to selected text.

Eugene Tyson has over 17 years’ experience in the graphic design and print industry. Currently a senior graphic designer and prepress operator, he delivers InDesign training and also works as a consultant for various companies and individuals within Ireland. You can reach him via his dedicated Google+ community for InDesign users in Ireland. You can also follow him on twitter @Euge_Tyson
  • Julie Zwahr says:

    Email tips please

  • Lisa Callahan says:

    Hey – I was so excited about the tip above on toggling eyedropper and color theme but when I went to do this; that particular toggle isn’t listed in CS6. Help????

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