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Hello… 

I enjoy using the arrow keys to quickly jump numbers on the value fields… however to pick one example, with Publisher the bleed setting default increments for setting up bleed using the keyboard arrows jump complete inches at a time, MOST of the time it's quite unrealistic for bleeds to be whole inch increments unless possibly one is creating gigantic billboard art or something related. I'd suggest 1/8" increments for a more truer default to be more in tune to how most of the printing industry set their bleeds sizes. This would speed up setup for very keyboard oriented people like myself. 

Yes, I am aware one can simply use their mouse and click into the field and type in whatever precise measurements… I'm only bringing this up for a better user experience with the software.

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5 hours ago, decimate555 said:

with Publisher the bleed setting default increments for setting up bleed using the keyboard arrows jump complete inches at a time, MOST of the time it's quite unrealistic for bleeds to be whole inch increments unless possibly one is creating gigantic billboard art or something related. I'd suggest 1/8" increments for a more truer default to be more in tune to how most of the printing industry set their bleeds sizes.

Hello @decimate555,

try holding down CTRL key when hitting the UP and DOWN keys. This increments by a tenth of the default unit. There's no way to increment by 1/8" though.

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1 hour ago, dominik said:

holding down CTRL key when hitting the UP and DOWN keys. This increments by a tenth of the default unit. 

And Shift increments by 0.1 unit. Like the up/down key, scroll mouse works.

Maybe Ctrl + Shift could make a specific increments (1/8", ...).

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1 hour ago, Pšenda said:

And Shift increments by 0.1 unit. Like the up/down key, scroll mouse works.

Maybe Ctrl + Shift could make a specific increments (1/8", ...).

0.1 and a tenth is the same ;)

1/8" and the like may be of value for american users. Worth a suggestion.

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2 hours ago, dominik said:

0.1 and a tenth is the same ;)

Yes, typo error - "And Shift increments by 10 unit."

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Thank for all the suggestions, while using the shift, option keys, etc. does help shortcut to smaller values faster for certain uses. I suppose like most using Publisher for the print world increments taking actual physical rulers of measurements into account would be ideal, whereas yes for American units, 1/8" (or 1/16") steps are quite common, centimeters, etc.

I'd imagine the metric system units could be approached in a similar manner regarding common divisions.

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US/metric units steps might be switched according to the selected document type or the selected unit (mm/cm = metric, inch = US).

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InDesign deals with this a whole lot better, taking the unit of measurement into account when working with increments.

For instance, if you are using inches, clicking a down or up arrow on a measurement goes in increments of 1/16 inch. If I switch to Picas, the same function now works in increments of 1 point.

It bugs me right now, for example, in the Tables panel when working in Picas the increments are not even points but like 1.2 points.

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