InDesign’s left-align text shortcut has been kidnapped!
If you’ve recently upgraded to Apple’s Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system, you might have discovered something missing in InDesign. The keyboard shortcut for left-aligning text — Command-Shift-L — no longer works. Who kidnapped your keyboard shortcut? Turns out, Apple did. But you can easily get it back.
Here’s how: Go to Apple> System Preferences> Keyboard. In Keyboard Preferences, click the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab. Then choose “Services” from the column on the left.
1. Go to Edit> Keyboard Shortcuts in InDesign. Click “New Set” to duplicate the default set. Name the set.
2. Find the feature you’d like to assign a shortcut to in the Product Area popup menu (like “Type Menu> Fill With Placeholder Text”, for example.)
3. Type your desired shortcut into the “New Shortcut” field and click the “Assign” button.
4. Choose “OK” and you have a new InDesign keyboard shortcut!