February 25th, 2004 • 4:58 am
This one is pretty strange… For some reason, I have been unable to use the usual keyboard shortcut (option-Spacebar) to enter a non-breaking space in InDesign CS.
According to the on-line help, this is still the valid keyboard shortcut in InDesign CS:
To create a nonbreaking space:
1. Using the Type tool, click where you want to insert the space.
2. Do one of the following:
- Choose Type > Insert White Space> Nonbreaking space (or any other white space character).
- Press Ctrl+Alt+x (Windows) or Option+spacebar (Mac OS).
However, if I go to the “Insert White Space” sub-menu in the “Type” menu, the keyboard shortcut that appears next to the “Non-breaking Space” item is shift-Spacebar:
Then if I go to InDesign’s “Keyboard Shortcuts” dialog box to change the shortcut back to option-Spacebar, I find that I am unable to do so, not because the option-Spacebar is already assigned to another command, but because it doesn’t work at all. If I press the option-Spacebar combination while in that dialog, InDesign CS doesn’t do a thing. It doesn’t register the shortcut. It’s as if the shortcut was intercepted by the system and not available at all.
This is rather annoying. The non-breaking space is obviously much more frequently used in French than it is in English, so I suppose that not too many English-speaking people have complained to Adobe about it (and maybe the problem is fixed in the French version of InDesign CS). I also suppose that the fact that the on-line help still says “option-Spacebar” doesn’t mean much… That part of the document probably hasn’t been updated in ages.
You’d think that, after two decades in the desktop publishing / page layout business, Adobe would know better than to change the shortcut for such a common thing!