Use CTRL (CMD) < or > to increase and decrease font size.
Also - you can change the increments in the preferences.
That should be CTRL (CMD) SHIFT < or >
If you use CTRL (CMD) < or > it increases the text frame and text size together. The one above only increases font size.
thanx Eugene, but i'm aware of those shortcuts but that isn't the sollution.
I'm sure I used to be able to change the font just by selecting the size and using my up & down arrows. I can type a different size, but no increase or decrease by arrows!
Unless you used a custom keyboard shortcut - then I don't see how?
CTRL (CMD) 6 will bring you the control bar - but you have to tab twice to the Font size - then the up and down arrows work
Similarly with CTRL T to pring up the Character Panel
You can make a custom shortcut i the Edit>Keyboard shortcuts - Product Area: Types and Table> Increase Point Size
Ah ha - I thought they meant on the keyboard - I see now they have put subtly red highlight around the arrows in the screen shot...
If that doesn't do it, it would help to know the OS.
I meant both of the options to change the fontsize with the arrows in front AND with the arrowkeys on my keyboard,
Anyway Peter Spier, thanks for the help, deleting my preferences (holding down cmd+shift+opt+ctrl immediatly after clicking the InDesign icon in my dock, clicking yes on the next dialog box) did the trick.
Crazy I didn't think of that myself, i thought i must have changed something else in my preferences, or maybe because i enabled full keyboard acces in osx lion. But switching it on and off again didn't help...
thx again, really helpfull and less annoying during my workflow!
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I understand the EXACT issue (or "bug", rather) which you are dealing with, and it's one of those little things that will drive you BONKERS if you can't resolve it!
This bug will render the up/down arrows to the left of the Text Size box (at the top of the screen) useless. Oddly enough, the arrows beside the Text Size box in the character palette work just fine. Likewise, a numerical value entered in the Text Size box will effectively change the font size as well.
I call this a "bug" because, to the best of my knowledge, it is not a feature of the program that you can turn on/off (purposely or by mistake) from a menu or by pressing a keyboard shortcut.
However, I do believe I have the solution to this bug. It works for most people, anyway.
Follow these steps:
- Draw a text box (2" x 2" is plenty big)
- Fill it with some text - just make sure the text doesn't overflow the box....yet.
- Select a portion of the text.
- Enter a number in the Text Size box that is large enough to make the text overflow (500 pt. should do the trick)
- Click outside of the text box to finish editing the text.
- Click the Selection Tool (Keyboard Shortcut "V")
- Re-select the type tool - the arrows should now function properly.
Hope this helps!
Awesome! Your trick worked for me! Silly bug. Thank you so much!
You're quite welcome!
I should also note that trashing/restoring the preferences usually (but not always) fixes this issue as well. It's just that doing so is a major pain in the buns – especially if you have a lot of custom menus, windows or keyboard shortcuts.
Anyways,... glad I could help!
Trashing the prefs does not affect custm menus or keyboard shorcuts, but it will kill document and print presets. You can learn more about backing up these things (and the prefence files themselves so you don't need to reset your choices) at Replace Your Preferences
Worked for me too, YEAh!
Holy crap that is the GREATEST!
APC-Patrick: 1.000 thanks! This surely gets the Bug-Hack Award of the decade. This problem has been haunting me for what feels like four major versions of InDesign. Until now I'd been dumping my prefs too, and rebooting the computer and generally going nuts because it's impossible to know what triggers it the bug, or what resolves it.