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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 are first working on a design inside InDesign, you maybe kind of free forming it and experimenting with lots of different color swatches, and you may end up with a ton of swatches that you actually don't end up using in the end. So you may want to trim down your Swatches panel to only show the swatches that are actually being used in this particular document. So let's set this up. Let's make our Swatches panel tall enough. We will just click between the Pages panel and Swatches panel and make it taller. You can see I have got quite a few swatches in here and I want to be able to tell instantly which swatches I have actually used in the document and which ones I haven't.
It just so happens there is a command that will do that for me. In the Swatches panel there is a flyout menu at the far right and if I choose the flyout menu, there's a command right there, Select All Unused. I am going to go ahead and choose that and it quickly goes through and scans the list and the document. It says, "Okay. These swatches are not used anywhere in the document and I have "selected them for you." So now if you don't want them in your panel anymore, so you don't want to accidentally click on them, you can just hit the Trash Can and they are now banished forever from this document. So a very handy shortcut to clean up the clutter of unused color swatches in your Swatches panel.
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