Page navigation shortcuts in any version of InDesign

Hey gang,

I'm working on a new video course, Introducing InDesign, for lynda.com. Its purpose is to introduce everyone who doesn't already know about it to the best page-layout program the world has ever known. The challenge for me: InDesign is wildly powerful and, perhaps as a result, wildly complicated. How to make it understandable to a first-time user?

One solution is the everyday average table. For example, let's consider the page-navigation keyboard shortcuts. They save you time, as witnessed below:

Navigating pages in InDesign

But these shortcuts are a bit weird when transcribed to smaller keyboards, such as the one built into the otherwise supremely powerful MacBook Pro. At which point, they look like this:

Navigating pages in InDesign on a MacBook Pro

By way of an aside, I recently purchased a Surface 3 Pro. Microsoft gave out a ton of these at Adobe MAX, but few attendees have commented on them. I didn't attend MAX but, unrelated, I purchased a Surface 3 Pro a few months back. Like any rational designer, I'm not a huge Microsoft fan. But I believe the Surface has promise. So far, it's a paper-thin full-blown computer. Running an awkward OS.

My course will offer lots more: Keyboard diagrams, why guides matter, ways to automate, how to fall in love with page layout, and so forth. As usual, my plan is to help the new user emerge--with nothing more than a few hours of my online assistance--better equipped to make things happen than a potential competitor who's been working in InDesign for many several years.

I love the old school. Hello new school.
 

 

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I'm really looking forward to this!

I came into page layout in the early 90s with the first 'desktop publishing' boom. I used to tell everyone that my favorite word processor was PageMaker.
I never got into InDesign, partly because it has always seemed a bit too 'Quark-like' and partly because of lingering resentment of the 1994 'Adobus' merger and what it eventually meant to my bread-and-butter tools, PageMaker and FreeHand.
I am now working to become more fluent with Illustrator (I once queered a job interview by telling them that while I had used Illustrator with many projects, most of my stuff was done with FreeHand, and I tend to consider Illustrator to be counterintuitive -- I still don't understand why you ever need two selection tools).
I'd like to see if InDesign can ever be as useful to me as PageMaker was back in the day.