Essential Publisher modifiers for an instant productivity boost

Modifier keys are a great way to save time and hassle. Here are just a few of our favourite keys for working faster and smarter in Affinity Publisher…

Making use of Affinity Publisher’s modifier keys allows you to easily rescale and position objects, override snapping, and instantly display additional text options for your publication as you go.

Tip: With On-screen modifier keys activated in Interface preferences, modifiers are displayed on the context toolbar when a tool is selected.Rescaling and repositioning objects

A number of helpful modifiers make transforming objects a breeze.

The Shift key allows you to maintain the selected object’s aspect ratio as you are resizing it.

Resizing an image with its aspect ratio maintained.

Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows)-dragging from a corner handle allows you to resize an object from its centre.

Resizing an image from its centre.

With Ctrl (Mac) or the right mouse button (Windows) held down as you drag a corner handle, you can resize an object from its opposite corner.

Resizing an image from its opposite corner. Overriding snapping

By pressing the ; key, you can toggle snapping on or off, allowing you to make snapping exceptions for specific objects as you go.

Holding Alt (Mac) or Option (Windows) when transforming or placing objects allows you to override snapping restrictions when the text ruler or baseline grid is enabled.

Overriding snapping with the baseline grid enabled.

While working on your text, you can make the Character panel pop up at any time by pressing Cmd+T (Mac) or Ctrl+T (Win).

Displaying the Character panel on the go.

Typography options can be displayed by pressing Cmd+Shift+T (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+T (Win).

You can display spelling options on the go by pressing Cmd+Shift+; (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+; (Win).

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