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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.
Here we are in InDesign and what we're looking at is the default workspace, which is called Essentials. And I am going to encourage you to get out of this default workspace for a variety of reasons. One, I don't think it has the correct number of palettes open that you're going to be using quite often as you work on documents. It also has turned-off some things in the Control panel that I think are pretty important. So the idea about behind the Essentials workspace was Adobe has gotten some feedback that for new users, a product like InDesign can be a little overwhelming. So the thought was to just hide some of the initial interface to make them feel a little bit more comfortable.
Problem is you become a more advanced user or you start looking for features that you've heard about that are not apparently visible to you because of the workspace configuration. That's a reason to get out of the Essentials workspace. So there is an even more anemic one, which I don't recommend you ever choosing. That's Getting Started. That even hides some more. And by hiding stuff, I am specifically talking about the Control panel. I am going to the flyout menu here in the upper right-hand corner and choosing Customize. Anything that you do in the Control panel can actually be saved as part of our workspace. So you can see lots of controls have been turned off and you can go back and turn them on or I am going to say cancel that and switch to an Advanced workspace and use that as your jumping off point to create your own custom workspace.
So I have switched to Advanced. You can see there is a few more panels here and I have more controls available in my Control panel now. And I am going to go ahead and set up our workspace that we're going to be using pretty much for the rest of title here, and that's a Power Shortcuts workspace. So first thing I do is I expand the dock by clicking in the dark grey area up at the top here and then I'll expand it from just labels to actually seeing the panel. I don't need the Gradient panel, typically, so I am going to pull that out and close it. I am going to collapse Paragraph and Character Styles. I may need them from time to time but I certainly don't need them open all the time and I am going to bring Swatches to the front and move it.
You can just click on a tab and drag it to the left. The Swatch is there and then I like to have Layers above Pages and Links, so that I can see them both at the same time. So I am just reordering that and then you can change the height of that panel there. Now in terms of the Pages panel, I can customize that as well. Just like customizing the Control panel, anytime you customize into the other panels that gets captured in your workspace as well. So I am going to my Pages panel to Panel Options and I like to see my pages not vertically because I want to do less scrolling.
So if I turn-off Show Vertically, the pages will start wrapping in rows, so I can get more thumbnails in the same amount of space. And if I want, I can change the thumbnail size of the pages but I'll leave it as it is. Go ahead and click OK and it doesn't look like you need to change that. We have only one page in my document. If I click through a couple of pages that's what I mean by them wrapping, so you can fit more pages. All right, when we are done customizing our workspace, we'll go ahead and give this a name. I go to the workspace switcher where it's currently set as Advanced, and I will go ahead and create a New Workspace and I am going to call it Power Shortcuts.
Now I already have one of these, so it's going to ask if I want to replace it and I will just go ahead and save right over that. Go ahead and click OK, Yes, and now I have got my own custom Power Shortcuts workspace where all the controls for the Control panel are available. And I've got just the primary palettes that I am going to use 90% of the time over in my panel dock in the right, and everything else I am going to typically use the Control panel for it.
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