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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 if those of you who are watching are longtime InDesign users, you may have noticed that the Navigator panel is no longer available in InDesign. That was a panel that you used to kind of pan around and zoom around your document with that having to hold down any modifier keys and so forth. So Navigator panel is no longer there, but a lot of the functionality that used to be in the Navigator panel actually still lives on in InDesign. It's kind of hidden away unfortunately though in something called Power Zoom. Now you access Power Zoom via the Hand tool. So I am going to press the H key to switch to the Hand tool.
Now the Hand tool just works by clicking and dragging. You click and pan the image around or the document around inside your window. If you click and hold with the Hand tool, you invoke Power Zoom and you'll notice that red rectangle on your screen. That red rectangle represents the current zoom percentage of your document. You can move this red rectangle around. As a matter of fact if I move it to the bottom of my screen, I will start turning pages and the longer I hold it there, the faster it starts scrolling. So if you have a very long document, this is a quick way to kind of zip through and see the pages as they fly by, until you get to the page that you're looking for.
Same if I go up. I still hold the mouse down and the longer I hold the mouse up in that area, the faster it scrolls. Once I get to the page that I want to go to, I can actually lower the size of the red rectangle. I can use my right and left arrow keys or my up and down arrow keys, either one is fine. If you have a scroll wheel on a mouse, you can use that as well. And if I make the red rectangle smaller, what's going to happen is when I let go on a particular area, not only is it going to turn to that page, but it's going to zoom-in on that area surrounded by the red rectangle and make it as big as possible.
So that's Power Zoom. We will do it one more time. I'm going to click-and-hold with the Hand tool, I pause for a second, I zoom out, shows me the rectangle. I can either move that around to a different portion of the document on this particular page or actually move to a different page, and then when I let go on that particular area, let's do the center of the flower. Let's say it zooms up on that specific area, makes it as large as possible to fit my window. So that's the Power Zoom feature, a hidden behavior of the Hand tool. You access it by clicking and pausing with the Hand tool.
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