I work in InDesign a lot during the day, constantly using the mouse if I want to go to the measurement boxes in the top menu for instance.
Is there a way to limit using the mouse, for instance when I'm putting in text in a text object, and I would like to adjust the width of the text object, how can I get into the width box without using the mouse? So which shortcuts or...?
One useful keyboard shortcut is this:
Activate last-used field in panel --- Default: CtrlAlt`
Whichever was the last field in the the control panel that you used, you
will be taken back to it. Once you're there, you can use the tab key to
move from one field to the next in the panel.
The strange thing on my MacBook (with USB-keyboard) is that it won't take the 6, only if I reset the shortcut via the keyboard shortcuts but then it shows the § symbol (which is on the 6 button on top). Also the right numeric keyboard doesn't seem to work.
Cmd 6 doesn't work here, so I guess I'll have to find that one in the keyboard shortcuts too in order to be able to switch the keyboard-shortcut to cmd §, but what's it called?
only if I reset the shortcut via the keyboard shortcuts but then it shows the § symbol (which is on the 6 button on top). Also the right numeric keyboard doesn't seem to work.
I think that 95% of the advice you get here is going to be from people using plain-vanilla US-101 keyboards. It seems like you are not. What kind of keyboard are you using, then? It's not AZERTY, I know that those usually have the pipe character (|) on the 6 key. QWERTZ usually has an ampersand (&). But I've never seen a keyboard with the section symbol (§) anywhere.
The name of the command you're looking for is "Toggle Keyboard Focus in Control Panel" and you can find it in the "Views, Navigation" section under the "Product Area" pulldown in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog.
It 's the keyboard like the one on this link: http://www.vandenborre.be/WEB/images/products/superzoom/apple_mb110fn- b-azerty-keyboard_195391_1.jpg
Meanwhile I've found alternative keyboard shortcuts, at least I set them up myself. It is quite strange that the numerical keyboard shortcuts don't seem to work unless you set them up yourself with the other value on the numerical keys (those on top of the keyboard have several functions, and those work if you set them up again, but not with the numbers itself.)
I'm a translation & localization nerd by trade, and I'm sure that the reason that your top-o'-the-keyboard shortcuts don't work boils down to some sort of failure in localization QA. Speaking really vaguely, here: when you whack command-6 on an en-US keyboard, it sends some number to the OS, and the OS interprets this number into some kind of output. The OS developer (Apple, in this case) is supposed to standardize this stuff, and the software developer (Adobe) is supposed to get those numbers in some kind of standardized way. Without doing some testing, we have no idea whether InDesign is grabbing those values in a non-standard way, or if the keyboard manufacturer took a shortcut in driver development, or any one of a number of possible duct-taped hacky workarounds. I do that kind of testing sometimes, and I am sometimes horrified by the slipshod way in which many vendors fail to serve their users who aren't using plain-vanilla English computing environments.
Long story short - you've already figured out the real workaround, which is to associate your keyboard output with the functions you want in ID. However, you'll most likely need to make new shortcuts if you switch to a different hardware keyboard or key layout.