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Arranging dockers

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Video: Arranging dockers

We are on Page 6 of your working file, looking at the subject of dockers, or docking if you like. Every one of these bars that contains information -- the toolbar down the bottom here, the standard toolbar, the property bar, etcetera -- can all be undocked, and moved to alternate locations. First of all, in X5 we now have the option to lock bars; we never had that before. So you right-click on any one of the bars that you can see, and down at the bottom here, you can see we can unlock the toolbar.

Arranging dockers

We are on Page 6 of your working file, looking at the subject of dockers, or docking if you like. Every one of these bars that contains information -- the toolbar down the bottom here, the standard toolbar, the property bar, etcetera -- can all be undocked, and moved to alternate locations. First of all, in X5 we now have the option to lock bars; we never had that before. So you right-click on any one of the bars that you can see, and down at the bottom here, you can see we can unlock the toolbar.

So first of all, we'll unlock, and you'll also notice these little dots appear. We call them handles, so they're the docking handles. You'll also notice, you can actually turn on and off the display of a bar. For example, the black menu bar; I can turn that off. Right-click, I'll turn that back on. The status bar at the bottom; right-click, and I'll turn off the status bar. Some people don't want it, and it gives you more working space. Personally, I do prefer to have it there. Now that we've unlocked by choosing this option here, I can actually dislodge one of these bars, so I will dislodge the toolbar, pop it there, and you can resize the toolbar, maybe into what is more preferable for you, something square like that, and you might like to have that floating around your screen, and work like that; some people do.

You can redock this to an alternate location if you want to. For example, I can dock the toolbar at the top there, and I might find that more convenient. Anyway, it's very, very easy to remove, and redock to any location. Now, if I do the same with the color wells -- I'll show you a really cool thing. I'll grab the color well, and I'll dock it near the bottom. Now, if I right-click my mouse on the handle, right-click, and go to Customize, I can actually alter the display of colors. I'm going to turn on Wide borders, Large swatches, and I'm going to put in 4 rows of color. Click OK, and look at that.

I'll redock back over to the right hand side. Now, if you have poor eyesight, and you find it easier to see the larger display of color wells, this is a great option for you. And you can display as many rows of colors as you want, and of course, move through those colors. I'll just quickly right-click, back to Customize, I'll turn off Large swatches, turn of Wide borders, and I'll go back to just one row. Click OK. So that's a good little tip for you. Well finally, I just want to quickly show you how the larger dockers on the right-hand side here work. Now, by default, when you first open, particularly X5, you'll see the Hints docker; you'll also see the Object Manager.

Now, see how I'm alternating between dockers by clicking the tab? Hints docker, and the Object Manager docker. You can add more dockers over time. So if I go into Window > Dockers, I'll just choose another one there, and you can see how this docker has been added to the outside; that's because I've been playing a little bit with the way that they work. But I can simply grab that docker, pop it over there like that, and if I take it, and put it back over the top, automatically it'll rearrange in another alternative way, with that docker sitting at top, and the other two tab dockers at the bottom.

But if I just pull that back up like that, I can have them all sitting on their tabs like that. It's an interesting area. You can pull them all away at one time, stretch it out, work with it however you want, and choose each one separately; double-click to dock back to the last location. Why don't you have a play with that. You can also close them down like that. And I'll primarily work with the dockers turned off for the rest of this project, but I want you to have a play.

If none of your dockers on the right-hand side are showing, simply come to Window, go to Dockers, and you can choose your dockers. Mine are displaying off the page there, as you can see, but there's Hints right at the top, and also the Object Manager right at the top as well. So go ahead, have a play, make sure if you're in X5, you unlock your toolbars, and you can move your toolbars all around, and play, and do whatever you want. Now let me give you a tip: if you get everything really, really messed up, and you cannot figure out how to get everything looking back the way it was looking, close CorelDRAW down, then hold your finger on the F8 key on your keyboard, start up CorelDRAW, keep your finger on it, and shortly, it will ask you, do you want to reset to the factory defaults? Just say yes, and your interface will all come back to looking to how you're used to seeing it.

And that's a good little tip to remember for the future.

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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