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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for InDesign Style Sheets from the Exercise Files tab.
Before I introduce you to how style sheets work inside of InDesign CS3, I'd like you to go ahead and install my Deke keys keyboard shortcuts. Now these are collection of keyboard shortcuts for very common functions inside of InDesign CS3 that rather inexplicably in my estimation did not receive keyboard shortcuts in the first place. So if you're a premium member or you have access to the DVD, you can go inside the exercise files folder and then you'll find an 01_introduction sub-folder and inside there you will find a dekeKeys shortcuts sub-folder that contains two variations on the Deke keys, one for the Mac and the other for the Windows.
So one ends in Mac, as you can see the other ends in Win, and that they both end in, a sort of near the end, the file name say 1on1 and that's because they originally hail from my InDesign CS3 One one One book. Now you need to install these files, one of the files, the file that corresponds to your computer platform. You need to install it in a very specific location on your hard drive. Let me show you what that location is. I'll go ahead and bring up this file right here, it's called dekeKeysinstall.tif, also found inside that O1_introduction subfolder, and it tells you exactly where to put the file.
So under Windows Vista, that's where I'm working right now, the location is C:Users and each one of these is burrowing deeper into the folder structure. So you go to the C: drive, go into the Users folder, go into the User subfolder and by that red User I mean, whatever your user name is. Ostensibly that would be your name, I would think, and then AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\ Version5.0\InDesign Shortcut Sets. So you have to really burrow deep inside the folder structure.
Now you will have to have your computer set up to see invisible files and folders, and that's something I'm going to leave you to do it in your own. You're only going to see App Data, for example, if you can see invisible files and folders. Under Windows XP you burrow through this folder structure right here and on the Mac you choose Go Home, so go to the Go menu and choose the Home command. Then copy the dekeKeys file to the folder Library. So you go in to the Library subfolder and then go on to Preferences, and then inside Adobe InDesign, then inside Version 5.0 and in InDesign Shortcut Set, so on and on and on there.
Let's go ahead and hide this Photoshop file. Alright, so I've gone ahead and opened this big, huge, long folder structure that I was telling you about under Vista. So I went to the local disk, my C: drive, went to Users, went to Deke because that's my user name, big surprise there. App Data, Roaming, Adobe and then in there, I went to InDesign Version 5.0, InDesign Shortcut Sets. Now, InDesign can be running by the way. You can still have InDesign running if you want to and I'm going to go ahead and copy the Windows file of course because I'm working on the windows platform,. If you were working on the Mac you'd be copying the Mac file.
Just go ahead and move it in there or copy it if you like, and in this case I went ahead and copied the file. Now I'll go ahead and launch InDesign since my copy of InDesign is not already running. I'll go ahead and maximize my applications, so it takes up the entire screen, then go up to the Edit menu whether you're working on a Mac or the PC. Go to the Edit menu, choose keyboard shortcuts. So as I say this works whether you had InDesign running or not. So I didn't have it running that's why I had to launch it, but if you already had the program running that's just fine. Go ahead and bring out the Keyboard shortcuts command and then choose from the Set menu.
You should now see dekeKeys IDcs3 1on1, either Mac or Win, go ahead and choose it and you're in business, you have to now gone ahead and established my keyboard shortcuts, then go ahead and click OK and you're now ready to work through the series. Now this is optional step. You don't absolutely have to load my Keyboard shortcuts if you don't want to. You will still be able to work along with me. I'll always let you know when we're using a special custom keyboard shortcut. It's just a recommended practice. That's all, folks. In the next exercise we'll take our first look at replicating formatting attributes inside InDesign CS3.
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