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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.
When you open a document in InDesign and create a new one, by default it opens in this tabbed manner. Now, what if you are one of those people that just can't stay on the document tabs? You prefer floating windows for whatever reason. That's okay. It's your thing. I personally like the tabs but if you don't, I am going to show you how to get rid of the tabs, absolutely once and for all. So let's go ahead and close this document. And with no document open, I am going to change our Application Preferences here, Command+K or Ctrl+K. Under Interface, there is a check box here that's turned on by default.
It says Open Documents as Tabs. Simply turn that off. I am going to go ahead and click OK. Now let's reopen, this time it doesn't really matter what document. I am just going to choose this document here and open it and you'll see that there is no tab. Yay! And there is much rejoicing from those tab haters. Now I have a floating window and I can move it around my screen and to another monitor or whatever. Oh! Wait a minute, what happened? I thought the tabs were gone. Well, it turns out that was just a preference for how documents open. You'll notice that if you drag a floating window to the edge of the open area here, you get that blue line which means when you let go, it's going to of course dock it into a tab again.
Same thing if I were to create a new document. So I'll just create Command+N, Ctrl+N and just click OK. That new document is not tabbed, right? That's good, but you can actually re-tab it, all right, because there is a second preference. If you really want tabs to be gone forever from your InDesign life, there is a second preference that you need to change. So let's close these documents. Reopen Preferences, Command+K or Ctrl+K, under the Interface category, there is one more, Enable Floating Document Window Docking. That's a mouthful.
What that means is let me have a target zone or a hit zone to be able to drop my document windows in, so it becomes tabbed again. If you turn that off, now tabs are gone forever until you change the preference again. So we'll open up this document. It is not tabbed. Great, just like you wanted. Now, when I drag it around, I don't get that little blue highlight indicating that it's going to be docked into a tab again. So if you really can't stay on them, you actually can get rid of the tabs altogether. They are in your Preferences, do with no document open and you can banish tabs to wherever you want them to go.
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