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Viewing frames and threads

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Alright, as promised, a couple of anchored object tid bits coming your way. These are a couple of tricks that are designed to help eliminate some of the pain and tears that you might run into. I am going to go ahead and notice I have this H that I went ahead and anchored in the previous exercise. I have got it selected here with the black arrow tool and there is a little Yen symbol that we can see. A little hidden character that indicates the spot to which the H is anchored. So I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key and notice not only does the H go away but my little Yen sign goes away as well.

Viewing frames and threads

Alright, as promised, a couple of anchored object tid bits coming your way. These are a couple of tricks that are designed to help eliminate some of the pain and tears that you might run into. I am going to go ahead and notice I have this H that I went ahead and anchored in the previous exercise. I have got it selected here with the black arrow tool and there is a little Yen symbol that we can see. A little hidden character that indicates the spot to which the H is anchored. So I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key and notice not only does the H go away but my little Yen sign goes away as well.

So the entire anchor has been eliminated. Now don't worry, I did just delete it, but I still have the H in the keyboard. If I press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac you can see there it is still. Alright, so we are going to redo the anchor actually. I am going to go ahead and select the Text tool and click in front of sans and I will go up to the Object menu, choose Anchored Object and choose Insert and replay the modifications I applied before. So I have got a Width of 6p6 there. I don't care about the Height value. I am going to save Relative to Spine.

This guy is the point I want to select. This reference point is fine, Relative To Text Frame. We need 1p6 for the X Offset value. I am going to change Y-Relative to Line Cap Height and the rest of the options are fine as is, click OK. Comes in with the stroke, darn it. Press the Slash key to get rid of that stroke. Then, let's say for some reason I switch to my Black Arrow tool and I accidentally click off the frame. How in a heck, do I now paste the H in that frame when I can't even see where it is? I can sit there and click all over the place, but I can't find it unless I just accidentally stumble on it.

Or the other option is do a Marquee and you might find it that way. It is there in other words. An even better way to work, I will click off it again so we can see it's totally transparent at this point. What you want to do is go up to the View menu and choose this command, Show Frame Edges, or you can press Control+H, Command+H on the Mac and that will show you your frame edges and also because I have hidden characters turned on, I can see that little anchor right there and that shows me that this is the spot where the Anchored Object is going.

It's anchored to the Yen symbol, but this is the anchor itself. Now if I click on this frame outline, you have to click on the outline because there is No Fill then press Ctrl+Alt+V or Command+Option+V to access that Paste Into command, you can see that it goes right there into the frame just as it is supposed to. Then I go ahead and Fit Frame to Content like so and everything is hunky dory once again. Now, the other little trick I wanted to show you is in addition to viewing the frame, which is really great idea when you are working with Anchored Objects.

Another good idea is to go up to the View menu and choose this command Show Text Threads, which you can get by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y on a Mac. That will show you a little dotted line between the Anchored Object and the Anchor point inside of your text. So just an easy way to track what's going on. Now, I typically leave Frame Edges turned on like I have them here and then I just Show Threads every once in a while. So I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y again to turn that thread off. It's just a little thick and it covers up so much stuff.

I don't like to have it on, on a regular basis. I will turn it back on again. All that stuff goes away when you press the W key to switch into the Preview mode. When you are in a Preview mode, you are not going to see the frame edges or that dotted thread line or any of the guides either. You are just going to see a clean page. You are only going to see something when you have it selected like so. Alright, just something to bear in mind. I am going to press the W key to bring everything back and then I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y on the Mac to hide that dotted thread. In the next exercise, we are going to generate an Object Style that is going to automate the creation of these Anchored Objects.

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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 49m 7s
    1. How style automation works and why every file needs it
      2m 26s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys shortcuts
      3m 58s
    3. Meet the Eyedropper tool
      5m 43s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 19s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 16s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 46s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 19s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 30m 5s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 57s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 56s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 9s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 30s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 16s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 31s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 40s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 30s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 13s
  3. 20m 44s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      39s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 24s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 6s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 13s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 16s
    2. Organizing style sheets
      6m 14s
    3. Character styles protect overrides
      5m 21s
    4. Creating a character style
      3m 44s
    5. Prioritizing style sheet shortcuts
      5m 24s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 51s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 24s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      4m 0s
    3. Establishing a nested style
      3m 32s
    4. Setting the range of a nested style
      4m 3s
    5. Troubleshooting the nested range
      6m 49s
    6. Assigning automatic numbers
      2m 13s
    7. Assigning automatic bullets
      4m 49s
    8. Starting and restarting numbered sequences
      4m 16s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 24s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 10s
    13. Auto-numbering figures
      3m 0s
    14. Creating a custom Number setting
      4m 18s
    15. Specifying a chapter number
      3m 9s
    16. Numbering across threaded frames
      4m 5s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 29s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 37s
  6. 53m 18s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 1s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 37s
    5. Formatting the body of a table
      4m 22s
    6. Creating and applying column styles
      5m 32s
    7. Creating an all-inclusive table style
      4m 42s
    8. Converting and styling a table
      4m 49s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 21s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 25s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 26s
    13. Selectively applying a cell style
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. The convergence of very nearly everything
      1m 18s
    2. Updating a style from the Find Font command
      4m 24s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 3s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 43s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 28s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 9s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 19s
    10. Creating an anchored object
      6m 29s
    11. Viewing frames and threads
      3m 52s
    12. Creating an anchored object style
      3m 48s
    13. Establishing anchored object defaults
      3m 44s
    14. Problems? Fit the frame to the contents
      4m 35s
    15. Employing a highly selective object style
      5m 27s
    16. The best way to anchor objects
      2m 23s
    17. Moving and anchoring text and objects
      4m 4s
  8. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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