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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.
I don't know about you but when I look at a page like this, I start to get dizzy. There is a lot of clutter on the screen because there is all sorts of guides and grids and adornments turned -on in the view here. So I have got the baseline grid showing, I have got margin guides, I have got ruler guides. If I do a Select All, I see I have Show Text Threads turned-on. I have the text drop boundary being visible here. I have got my Bleed guides, my Slug guides. I have got hidden characters showing. I even have notes in here. So I get a lot of noise that takes away from just viewing the content holistically without all that clutter.
So rather than turning all of these separate commands off, I could go to the View menu and I could go to Guides & Grids and say turn off the baseline grid by hiding it. I hide the text frames, hide the frame edges, turn off hidden character and so forth. There is probably eight or nine, ten different commands here. There is one single key that you can press just to get rid of all the clutter temporarily so you can focus on the design. And then when you need those guides to come back to, you can just toggle in and out of this and that's the Preview Mode.
All you need to do is press the letter W. Ahhh. If I go ahead and deselect, there I don't see anything selected, I don't see any of these extraneous stuff that I don't really want disturbing my view when I just want to look at the big picture here and look at the final result. When I do need those design aids, the guides and grids and whatnot, just press the W key again, and that brings that right back. So a nice way to toggle in and out of having the information when you need it, and getting rid of it when you don't, just by pressing that letter W for preview.
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