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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
When you're working with Color Swatches inside InDesign, one thing you don't have to accept is the default order of the swatches. You can certainly customize that and rearrange the colors in the order that you want them to be. Let's go ahead and just create a new untitled document. Click OK here. And we are going to pull the Swatches panel out of this dock by clicking on its tab and dragging it out. Then we will go ahead and make the panel a little bit taller, so we can actually see all our swatches by dragging the corner there. So this is the default set of swatches in every new document, and the order that the swatches are in. If you don't like this order, just click on the color wwatch and drag it through the list.
It seems kind of obvious, but a lot of people miss this. In fact, this is true for any list view inside a panel. So certainly the layers panel. That one makes sense. But things like the Styles panels as well, paragraph styles, character styles, object styles. By default, those things are listed in the order they were created. You can certainly rearrange them in any custom order you want just by clicking and dragging. Just look for the solid line before you let go and that's its new position. So you can make sure you get the swatches in the order that you want them to be. While we are on this topic, you can also customize the view of these, if you don't want them to be a name view with a tiny swatch.
You actually can change the presentation of the swatches in the flyout menu of the Swatches panel. You have got these three options here, in addition to the default name. So for instance, if I choose Large Swatch, I just get these really large color chips that I can actually use to drag and drop onto objects, and the objects themselves don't actually have to be selected. You can just drag them to change their color. If you hover over the swatch, you get the color values in the tooltip that shows up over that particular swatch. Let's go ahead and change that back to Name and there you have it. I'm rearranging the order of your swatches just by clicking and dragging.
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