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So you're familiar with Normal view in InDesign and I'm sure that you're also familiar with Preview Mode which when I press the W key switches us into Preview Mode. So it hides the pasteboard and it hides the guides and all that kind of stuff. I'm going to press W again to toggle this back to Normal View. Well, in CS5 they've added a third view called Presentation view. You can access it by going to the View menu, down to Screen Mode, and choosing Presentation or use it's keyboard shortcut, which is Shift+W just like W is for Preview. It's Shift+W for Presentation.
You'll also find it here at the bottom of the Tools panel, Presentation Mode and just to be complete about things, up here in Screen Mode in the application bar, Presentation. All right, let's see what it's all about. I'm going to press Shift+W and here we are. So it's kind of like looking at a slideshow in Bridge. It hides everything else just like Preview Mode does, but it also hides all of your computer stuff like the Title bar. It hides all the InDesign panels and that kind of thing and it just presents your work in all of its glory.
So the idea is that you're sitting next to your client or your colleague or your boss and you're showing them what the InDesign document looks like so far. What's kind of cool is that if you had two monitors, you could open a second window and keep the other window in Normal Mode. So that if they said, hey, can you make this hansel&petal title little bigger? You could do that in the second view in Normal Mode and it would immediately update here in Presentation Mode. Of course, we can't really do that in this video, but even just this is pretty cool. So if you notice that the cursor disappeared there for a bit, and that's actually a feature, is that if you don't touch the mouse after few seconds, the cursor disappears.
So you have absolutely no distractions. In that case, you can press the arrow keys like the Right Arrow to move forward a spread, Left Arrow to move backwards to go back, or if you just wiggle the cursor a bit, you can just click to go forward a spread, click to go forward a spread again. Hold down the Shift+Click moves backward a spread. Pressing on your keyboard the End key jumps to the last spread. The Home key jumps to the first spread and so on. One last really cool tip that I want to tell you about Presentation Mode is that you can change that background color.
You get the incredible choice of three different colors. Yes, you do. The default is black, but if you'd like white, press W while you're in Presentation Mode and there's white. The last one is G for 50% gray which is a nice neutral color. I like black. To get out of Presentation Mode, you can just press Shift+W again or you can press the Escape key and you return to regular programming. So a new way to look the documents on screen, the Presentation Mode comes in handy in lots of situations.
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