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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.
So panels in InDesign have quite a few different configuration options. What we are seeing right now on the right-hand side of our screen is that our primary panels are sitting inside what we call a panel dock. They are currently expanded so I see the contents of the panels, and these things can be resized horizontally and vertically. I can make the whole dock wider and all the panels inside the dock get wider as well. I can click in between two panels and actually make one taller or shorter and so forth. But I can also change the configuration of the whole panel dock itself.
If I click anywhere in the dark gray strip at the very top of the panel dock, that collapses all the panels down to an Iconic Mode with labels. Now over time you may not need to see the labels any more, especially when you hover over a label. When you only see the icon, you'll get a little tooltip. So first let's collapse these down. If I click and drag in between here, this divider on the left hand side and drag it all the way to the right, eventually it will snap, and just show me icons. Now when I hover over an icon, it will tell me the name of that particular panel. So over time you will memorize what these things are, and what's great about that is it takes up much less screen real estate, so you can actually see more of your content.
Of course, when it's in this Icon Mode, collapse down to open the panel, and you click on the icon and it opens that panel as a drawer. If you click on some other panel icon, then the previous panel collapses. Okay, standard behavior. We will go ahead and click on the dark gray strip again to go ahead and re-expand that. And you will notice that some of the panels are grouped together and we actually call that a panel group. They are just tabbed together. Now it's actually pretty easy to change the order of the tabs.
You can just click on the tabs. So if I wanted links to be on the left and pages to be on the right, you can certainly do that. You just click and drag and you will notice that the tabs can rearrange themselves without actually having to rip the panels out of the group first. So that's kind of handy. And you can actually do this rearranging in the collapsed Icon Mode as well. So if I want Swatches to be below a Stroke, you can just click and drag until you see that switch. So it's completely up to you. You can customize them in any configuration you want. If I drag Swatches down below here and then re-expand the whole dock, you will notice Swatches is now to the right, instead of it being on the left when we started.
So you can customize that in any view, whether it's expanded or collapsed. Pretty handy stuff. If you want you can also create floating panels. So if I open up a panel that's not currently docked, let's go to, let's say, the Bookmarks panel for example, Interactive Bookmarks under the Window menu, this now opens as a floating panel, and that collapsing behavior exists for floating panels as well. So if I click in the dark gray strip, it collapses initially down to just an icon with a label. If I don't want to see the label, then I can collapse that down further by dragging from any side until it's just an icon.
Now when I click on the dark gray area, it expands. When I click again it collapses back down to the icon. If I open up another panel, let's say Window > Interactive Hyperlinks, I can always group panels together by clicking on its tab and dragging it into another panel. You'll see the blue highlight, indicating that's going to be grouped with this other panel, in this case, Bookmarks. And now I've got a new panel group. The whole group can be moved by clicking on the area other than a tab. So if I click on a tab, I am going to reorder the tabs.
If I click in the light gray area where there's no tab, I can move the whole group. So you've got panels, you've got panel docks, and you have got panel groups, they can all be customized and rearranged just the way you want them to be.
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