InDesign CS5Knowing shortcuts in your applications can greatly improve your productivity. Thankfully, Adobe provides a plethora of them in all their applications, including InDesign CS5. One frequently used shortcut in my work day is adding a new page in a document; and it just kills me to see people making a trip up to the Layout>Pages menu to do it.

There are several ways to add a new page to your InDesign document, but the quickest way is simply to hit Command + Shift + P. Doing so will add a new page immediately following the page you’re currently viewing.

New Page icon in Pages panelIf you need more flexibility, consider holding the Option key while clicking the New Page icon in the Pages panel. This will bring-up the New Page dialog box, which offers you the ability to choose how many new pages you wish to add, where to add them in your document, and which Master Page to base them on.

This tip works in InDesign CS5, CS4, and possibly earlier – though I have no way to verify prior versions.