You can create shortcuts for character styles and paragraph styles by hitting OPTION + a number on the KEYPAD.
You might think there are only ten options, but you can also use other combinations, like COMMAND + OPTION + a number on the KEYPAD.
Anyone else know other ways?
Styles can be set to any combination of Option/Alt + NumPad. On a PC you can combine it with Ctrl for more options, and on a Mac you can combine Cmd and/or Shift.
Thats it, should be enough combos to last all your styles. For more info on this, check out this document: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WS9D351498-DAAC-4be1-B4B 8-2B6C72FF6CEDa.html#WS60910FA3-2BD7-449d-9904-05CFA551665Da
But the problem with setting keyboard shortcuts for styles is that they don't work on a lot of modern laptops (no numeric keypad).
So for me it's better to use the Quick Apply method. I also have trouble memorizing arcane shortcuts like that. It's easier to use the mnemonic of named styles with Quick Apply.
Definitely agree with you on that Steve. If you are setting simple documents, I like to use HTML tag names to make it really easy to type out styles.
By the way, quick apply is as easy as pressing Cmd + Return, typing your style, and pressing Return to apply.
A useful trick that popped up elsewhere on this forum is makin' use of a simple one-line script to apply a style (use Google to locate it).
It does not do anything else useful but applying a style, BUT you can assign any shortcut combo to a script! (With some sleight of hand it's even possible to assign usually un-assignable combos such as Alt+N -- on a Windows machine :-)
As a habit I always tap Esc before hitting the W key.
Yes, this is good advice.
I usually use the "Deselect all" command, which I have programmed to SHIFT + APPLE + A, but sometimes this doesn't work, whereas ESCAPE KEY always works.
I wonder why "Deselct all" doesn't always "deselect all," yet ESCAPE KEY does . . . anyone know?