written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 10/28/2010
Here are some of the most important keyboard shortcuts to know when new to Adobe Bridge.
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Bridging the Gap
Adobe Bridge, as the name entails, is a program that is part of the Creative Suite to help bridge different programs in the same suite for creative purposes. What this really means is that when you open up a file in, for example, Adobe Photoshop, it may open in Adobe Bridge first to determine exactly how you want the file to appear in Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Bridge is not a primary photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop, but you will end up using Adobe Bridge just as often. Here is a look at several of the most important Adobe Bridge keyboard shortcuts that you are going to need to know for the Mac version of the software.
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View Keyboard Shortcuts
Viewing the items properly in Adobe Bridge is going to be important for its intermediary nature, so the Adobe Bridge keyboard shortcuts for this aspect are critical right from the start.
Switch Between Views - Command and "\"
Previous View - Command, Shift and "\"
Show or Hide Panels - Tab
Increase the Thumbnail Size - Command and ~ezentity_quot+ezentity_quot~
Decrease the Thumbnail Size - Command and "-"
Help With Display - F1
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Item Movement and Management Keyboard Shortcuts
Working quickly means allowing Adobe Bridge keyboard shortcuts to address the common activities within the program, such as the movement around the items.
Move Up a Folder - Up Arrow
Move Down a Folder - Down Arrow
Move Left One Item - Left Arrow
Move Right One Item - Right Arrow
Move to Last Item - End
Move to First Item - Home
Move Up a Level - Control and Up Arrow
Refresh Contents Panels - F5
Rename Next - Tab
Rename Previous - Shift and Tab
Assign One Star Rating - Command and "'"
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Loupe Tool Keyboard Shortcuts
The Loupe Tool in Adobe Bridge is used to zoom or magnify selected areas of the picture in question. Like most parts of this program, you can supplement many longer actions by employing Adobe Bridge keyboard shortcuts.
Zoom In With Loupe Tool - ~ezentity_quot+ezentity_quot~
Zoom Out With Loupe Tool - "-"
Move Loupe Tool - Drag
Move Multiple Loupe Tools - Command and Drag
Display Other Loupe Tools in Preview Panel - Simple Click
Multiple Selection Zoom In With Loupe Tool - Command and ~ezentity_quot+ezentity_quot~
Multiple Selection Zoom Out With Loupe Tool - Command and "-"
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Keywords Panel Keyboard Shortcuts
The keywords panel is a standard way of applying keywords to files, which allows you to organize and identify files that will be important in photo editing. The keywords panel has its own set of Adobe Bridge keyboard shortcuts that can be incredibly useful.
Apply / Remove Keyword and All Parent Keywords from Keyword Panel - Shift and Click
Force Remove Keyword in Keyword Panel - Option and Click
Open Disclosure Triangle in the Keyword Panel - Command and Right Arrow
Close Disclosure Triangle in Keyword Panel - Command and Left Arrow