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Here's a couple of tips for hiding and showing your panels. So, the standard keyboard shortcut to hide all your panels in all the Adobe applications is just to press the Tab key, right. This is standard and most people know that by now, but just to show it, hit the Tab key, all your panels disappear. Hit the Tab key, they come back. Now, in InDesign specifically, the Control panel is so important that you probably want a method to hide everything but the Control panel, and there's actually a shortcut for that as well. So, if you do Shift+Tab, that will hide basically the right-hand side and all floating panels as well.
It keeps your Tools panel and your Control panel still visible. Tab will bring your panels back. Shift+Tab will hide that right-hand side of panels again. Now, there is a nice little thing that surprisingly few people have actually discovered. If you take a look in CS4 here, on the right-hand side of the screen, where the panels used to be, it turns out that you don't actually have to hit the Tab key again to bring those panels back. There is a feature that was introduced actually in CS3 that's still in CS4 called Auto-Show Hidden panels and if you look closely, there is this dark gray strip, and if you put your mouse there and pause for just a second, those panels will pop back open.
And when you mouse back out of that area, the panels will auto close again. So, it's that dark gray vertical strip there. Just mouse over to the edge of the screen, wait for a second, they pop open. You do whatever you need to do, in the particular panel you need to work on. Mouse out of the panel and they go away. Now, if for some reason that's not working for you on your particular monitor or copy of InDesign, there is a preference for that behavior, and that may have gotten turned off at some point. Command+K, Ctrl+K on Windows.
If you take a look at the Interface section in the Preferences panel, there is this checkbox here, Auto-Show Hidden Panels, and that's what's giving you that pop-up behavior or that Auto-Hide behavior as well, if that's turned on. Go ahead and click OK and again you just mouse-over, it pops open, you mouse out, and it pops back. If you want to permanently bring them back on again, just press the Tab key and they will stay open. Again, Shift+Tab to hide everything except the Control panel and the Tools panel, and that's actually my preferred method. Because now you have your panels quickly available to you just by mousing over to the edge of the screen.
One quick note, if I hit the Tab key again, they'll bring them all back, hit the Tab key one more time to get rid of them all. This will work for the left-hand Tools panel as well, so if I mouse over to left-hand side and pause for a second, I'll get the Tools panel to pop open temporarily. The reason I don't really hide all the panels is because I don't have that same equivalent behavior to bring the Control panel up temporarily. So, Tab to bring them all back. Shift+Tab to get myself set up in this scenario, and then I can use the Auto-Hide or an Auto-Show feature to pop those open and closed.
By the way, again, this works in Photoshop and Illustrator as well, so now you know, nice, great tip for auto- hiding and showing your panels.
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