You can change the Shortcuts to what ever you think is more useful Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts (On Mac)
I believe the poster is talking about keyboard shortcuts assigned to paragraph or character styles (which are set up in the Paragraph Styles or Character Styles panels).
For as long as there have been style shortcuts, they have required the use of a numeric keypad. It's quite ridiculous actually.
In the meantime, I find using Quick Apply to call out styles (faster for me, keys on my keyboard). Learn about it in InDesign Help:
awesome..i see that! what i am not seeing - and I am sure this is user error, so forgive me - is a specific choice for editing 'Character Styles' or under which label they would live..I'm not sure where they live within this...
ya know..this is an option..i still don't see any more efficiency though. Seems a bit more cumbersome to pull up this panel...
again, probably missing something.
3. grab mouse, highlight next, and etc. etc. etc.
IMO, this is where you're going awry...
- Using the mouse in between is an interruption of your flow; use the keyboard to navigate and select text
- Use the Find Format feature of the Find/Change function to search for and apply styles to the terms you want to style.
- Use GREP styles to automatically apply Character Styles to specific text or patterns that occur in particular Paragraph Styles
Why can I not use the numbers above the letter keys? (but they don't work!)
True; only the num-pad number keys are style-shortcut-eligible. I don't know why, and personally, I prefer the number pad to the numbers-above, so lucky me, I guess.
I like the thinking...yep, flow def interrupted.
couple notes on my end:
no way to highlight with keyboard (that I know!)
GREP styles would def be more efficient..never used those! Thanks.
if my fingers stretched from the command key to the key pad, i'd be set.
Thanks for the alternative method..will def try in the future.
Wow you cant reassign those. That sucks.
If I understand correctly, maybe nested styles can help you? That's if your "listings" are consistent and there are many of them.