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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 there's a little Easter egg inside InDesign - it's kind of hidden away - to show you the document history or the history behind any current document you have open, and it's hidden underneath the About screen for InDesign. So on the Mac, that's under the InDesign menu. On Windows, it would be under your Help menu up here in the right. But since we are recording this on a Mac, we will do InDesign > About InDesign. This is the regular Adobe InDesign About screen where it just gives you the version number and then the credits of who is on the team and so forth. Then you just typically click and that About screen goes away.
The document history, that hidden functionality there is if you hold down the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows and then choose About InDesign. You get this very sparsely designed looking dialog box that gives you a lot of information about your particular document. It tells you which specific version of the application was used to create the document. It tells you what plug-ins were used. It tells you the name of the document, of course, and then how may times it's been saved, how many items are in the document, the hierarchy, the database, if you will. And then specifically here is the document history. Was the file ever crashed? Was it converted from a previous version? Did you do a Save As? Was it converted from a previous version of say QuarkXPress or Pagemaker? So you get a lot of information in this document here, including which version of the OS you were using and all sorts of the interesting things like that.
You can even save this out as a log file. So when you're troubleshooting or trying to see where this document came from accessing the document history comes in pretty handy, go and click OK to make it go away. Again, to reveal it you hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key in Windows and choose the About InDesign command from wherever that's located on the particular version of InDesign that your using. On the Mac it could be up at the InDesign menu and on Windows it will be under Help menu. I am going to click OK and there you have it, how to get your document history.
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