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Using multiple Undo and Revert

From: InDesign CS5 Essential Training

Video: Using multiple Undo and Revert

One of my favorite things about InDesign is the ability to experiment and never feel like anything I've done is set in stone. You can always go back to where you were. Let me show you an example. Let's say I'm working on this document, this hansel & petal order form, and I'm going to say, well, what if I move this here? And what if I move this over here? And what if I took all of this stuff, and moved it down here? And so on and pretty soon, you get the idea, I'm really messing up my document. I say well, you know that doesn't look so good. I'd like to go back to the way it was. Well, you can always go back a step by choosing Edit > Undo, most programs have that, so you can just undo one step, but InDesign goes farther.

Using multiple Undo and Revert

One of my favorite things about InDesign is the ability to experiment and never feel like anything I've done is set in stone. You can always go back to where you were. Let me show you an example. Let's say I'm working on this document, this hansel & petal order form, and I'm going to say, well, what if I move this here? And what if I move this over here? And what if I took all of this stuff, and moved it down here? And so on and pretty soon, you get the idea, I'm really messing up my document. I say well, you know that doesn't look so good. I'd like to go back to the way it was. Well, you can always go back a step by choosing Edit > Undo, most programs have that, so you can just undo one step, but InDesign goes farther.

InDesign lets you undo again, and again, and again. Of course the keyboard shortcut is Command+Z, or Ctrl+Z on Windows. Or to redo an item, so in other words, to go forward one step, it's Command+Shift+Z, or Ctrl+Shift+ Z on Windows to move forward. So you can move backward or forward, how many times? As many times as it takes. InDesign remembers everything you've done, since you opened this document and started working on it. Really, infinite number of undos, as far as I can tell. I've done a lot of undos and it's never run out.

So this is incredibly helpful, you can really keep undoing, Command+Z, Command+Z and so on, as far back as you need to go. And then when it's looking a little bit closer to what you wanted, go ahead and start working on it again. So, I can undo and redo as many times as I want; very, very handy. Now, if you really mess stuff up, and you don't want to undo so many times, you can choose Revert from the File menu. Revert means go back to the original file on disk. In other words, close it and go ahead, and open up the file from disk again.

So that is like the ultimate undo, all the way back to where it's saved on disk. So that's pretty cool, and then from here, I can start editing and messing my file up again. Now, while I'm working on this, I just want to point out that there's something really, really amazing about this Undo feature in InDesign, besides the fact that there's unlimited undos, which is pretty cool. Let's go ahead and delete that and move this. You get the idea. I'm just pretty much messing up my document in all kinds of ways. Let's say I'm working on this document. What I'm intending to do is start with the document as it was saved, and then work on it, and turn it into a different document, basically base one document on another.

It's a very common workflow for InDesign users; start with a document, edit it, save it off, use Save As to save it as a different name, and you've got two different versions of the same document basically. So, I'm working with that assumption. I'm going to be doing something like that, and let's say I'll use a keyboard shortcut, Command+A, or Ctrl+A on Windows. That's the keyboard shortcut for Select All. Now there's something funny though about Command+A, or Ctrl+A. The A on the keyboard is right next to another letter which does something very, very different, Command+S, or Ctrl+S, which is what I happened to accidentally type just now.

And what is Command+S, or Ctrl +S? Well, it is save, right? So I just messed up my original document. Isn't that horrible? Shouldn't I be panicking right now? Well, I'm not panicking. And you know why I'm not panicking, even though I saved over my original document and I didn't mean to? Well, the reason I'm not panicking is because InDesign's Undo can even undo past a save. This is an extraordinary feature and it's gotten me out of all kinds of trouble in the past. So I just wanted to let you know about it. What I'm going to do is before I start undoing, I'm going to use Save a Copy to save the current state of this document out to my desktop as a new version.

So I'll just call this NEW VERSION. You've got the idea. Click Save, and it saves the current state off. So I'm going to get back to it later, just the way it is. But now I'm going to start undoing. So, I say undo, undo. I'm just pressing Command+ Z, or Ctrl+Z on Windows. Undo, undo, undo, undo, and you just want to keep undoing as many times as it takes, until things stop happening on the page, or until the Edit menu shows Undo as grayed out. As soon as that's grayed out, that means I'm back to the way this file was when I first opened the original document, and now from here, I can save.

So, I've saved my original document back to the way the original document was. But I can still go to the Open dialog box, choose my NEW VERSION and click Open, and now I have the NEW VERSION that I was working on and the old version. So, that's wonderful. That just makes me so happy. This is very powerful. Unlimited undos, it can get you out of all kinds of problems.

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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