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In order to build your long documents, you are going to have to pull content like Photoshop files and Illustrator files into your layouts. And quite often you'll have to get content out of your layouts as well, to share it with your coworkers. The Mini Bridge panel helps you to be super efficient in this regard because it allows you to preview content, place it into your layout, and even save content out of your layout as snippets, all without leaving InDesign. Let's see how it works. So we can open Mini Bridge, like any other panel, by choosing Window > Mini Bridge, and it opens up, and I can see at the top I have buttons to go forward and backward to navigate through different views.
I can see my recent items, I can go Home, or I can click Browse. I have a button to go to the full Bridge application. I have buttons to change the views I have in Mini Bridge, and I can search for items specifically. There is also a breadcrumb trail here that I can click on to navigate, and a little pop-up menu also to navigate to different folders. In the Navigation pd, I have options for clicking on favorites and recent folders and files, and collections that I created in the Bridge application.
And then down in the Content area, that's where I see actual images and InDesign files and snippets and other things. So I am just going to drag down until I find the image I want to place in my InDesign file, which is this one here, and I can just drag and drop it into the image frame. Not only can you quickly place content into InDesign via Mini Bridge, but you can also drag any piece of content out of InDesign and make it into a snippet in Mini Bridge. So I will just press the spacebar to navigate to my next spread, and I will select this image frame.
I want to save this as a snippet so I can use it in another document. I will click and drag and drop it in here, and it's converted to a snippet. I can drag down until I find it. There it is. So it's given this name, but I can rename it right in Mini Bridge by clicking on it, and I'll give it a name cheesesnippet. You can also use Mini Bridge to find all the links used in a document.
Imagine you're working on a document and you know you have to reuse a photo from another document, but you're not sure exactly what the file name of the photo is or where it exactly is. Well, without Mini Bridge you'd have to open the other InDesign document, go to the Links panel, and track that image down. But with Mini Bridge you can just browse to the InDesign CS5 or a later document and find the photo you want to reuse. So up on this spread I know there is a photo here that's in my sample pages document, so I will navigate to the sample pages document, in the exercise files, and I see the little link icon.
I can right-click on that and choose Show Linked Files. And this will show me all the links that are used in that InDesign file, no matter where they are. They can be spread out over all different locations. I will scroll down until I see the image I want, which is this one, and place it in my document. I can also navigate to the folder containing my current InDesign file by going to the bottom of the document window and choosing Reveal in Mini Bridge. And this is the current file that I'm working on.
This can be useful if you know there are other InDesign files or art in that same folder and you need to get at them. Now as cool as Mini Bridge is, sometimes you do need the full feature set of Bridge, and when you need to switch from one to the other, it's very handy to be able to see the same location in both so you don't have to navigate back and forth. To make Bridge show you exactly what you are looking at in Mini Bridge, you can right-click on any of the thumbnails and choose Reveal In Bridge. And I move over to the Bridge application and I'm looking at the same stuff. To go back to Mini Bridge and make it show you what you were looking at in Bridge isn't always possible, because you can filter items in bridge in ways that you can't in Mini Bridge.
But if you're just looking at a folder of items, you can definitely show this in Mini Bridge, by choosing File > Return to InDesign, or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O on the PC. And now I am back to InDesign. Using Mini Bridge can make you more efficient at finding and placing content into your layouts because it gives you just the tools you need right at your fingertips and in the context of your workspace. And when you combine the power of snippets with the convenience of Mini Bridge, you have a great tool for constructing layouts, working collaboratively, and leveraging your content across all your projects.
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