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Tip of the Week: No Sweat Notes

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If your workflow includes editing a significant amount of text in InDesign or InCopy, you probably know about the Notes feature. It allows you add inline notes to communicate with your colleagues.


You can also use notes to store text content, by converting regular text to a note (select the text, right-click and choose Convert to Note).



There are two conventional ways create a new note. Choose Window > Editorial > Notes, place your cursor in a text frame where you want the note to appear, and click the New Note button. Or switch to the Note tool, and click where you want the note to appear.

But who has time for all that mousing around? A much quicker, slicker way to open the Notes panel and create a new note at the same time is to simply Alt/Opt+Shift-click with the Type tool anywhere you want to add a note. It works even if you don’t have your cursor in a text frame.


When you’re done, click back in the text frame to edit the text on the page.

Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.