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InDesign has several different preview modes available to you. We are looking at the document right now in the normal view or the Normal Mode. You can see I've got all the guides and grids, baseline grids and adornments and whatnot visible. There is a couple of different ways to switch into a different Preview Mode. There are two switchers. One is at the bottom of the Tools panel itself. Here is this little icon at the very bottom. If you click on it, you get a little pop-up menu where you can choose from Normal, Preview, Bleed and Slug. That same set of options is available in the App bar as well.
The second drop-down widget called Screen Modes. So you can choose it there. You don't get the little icon unfortunately in the App bar version, but the choices are the same. So if I choose Bleed, that hides all the extraneous guides and reveals all the documents as if it were printed, but still showing you the bleed area, bleed being the portion of the image that is going to be cut off after the job has been printed and they trim it. The Slug view. This is where people put extraneous information like color bar ramps or job notes or whatever that they want to be included on the print job.
They will be trimmed as well. But they want to see them on the printed piece before final production and then of course, the Normal view or Preview Mode as if it had been trimmed. Now, rather than having to toggle back and forth manually through these menu commands, there is a keyboard shortcut that takes you from Normal to whatever the last setting you chose or Preview Mode you chose. So if I go to Bleed here, pressing the letter W takes me back to Normal. Pressing W again takes me back to Bleed in this case, because that was the last Preview Mode that I used.
I typically always go from Normal to Preview, just straight Preview and once I have set that up, I can then just use the W key to go back and forth. Makes it a lot easier instead of having to go off and turn off all the various menu commands to get rid of all the extra guides and grids and hidden character information, all that stuff that's on the screen right now. So there you have it. Ways to toggle back and forth between Normal and your current or last preview mode.
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