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Zooming and magnifying

From: InDesign CS5 Essential Training

Video: Zooming and magnifying

Even if you had a super high-resolution computer screen, you'd sometimes still need to zoom in to see details and zoom out to see the big picture. Now all of that is possible in InDesign of course, once you know where to look. I'm going to show you several ways to zoom-in and out of your page. The first method is the Zoom tool, which lives down here at the bottom of the Tool panel. That little thing that looks like a magnifying glass. The Zoom tool is very handy for zooming in and out, but I never choose it. Why? Because I want to be efficient, so I use the keyboard shortcuts.

Zooming and magnifying

Even if you had a super high-resolution computer screen, you'd sometimes still need to zoom in to see details and zoom out to see the big picture. Now all of that is possible in InDesign of course, once you know where to look. I'm going to show you several ways to zoom-in and out of your page. The first method is the Zoom tool, which lives down here at the bottom of the Tool panel. That little thing that looks like a magnifying glass. The Zoom tool is very handy for zooming in and out, but I never choose it. Why? Because I want to be efficient, so I use the keyboard shortcuts.

The keyboard shortcut for the Zoom tool is on the Mac, Command+Ctrl+Spacebar, on Windows, it's just Ctrl+Spacebar. So that gives you the Zoom tool and you can see there's a little plus inside the Zoom tool cursor. Wherever I click with that plus magnifier, it zooms in. So if I want to zoom in on this little area, I just click on it. It zooms right in on that. Now while I'm still holding down those modifier keys, so I have that Zoom tool temporarily, I can also drag out an area.

Dragging a rectangle with that tool means zoom in as close as you can to fit that on my screen. See how that works? When I let go of the modifier keys, I go back to my previous tool, in this case the Selection tool, that black arrow tool. So now I know how to zoom in. How do I zoom out again? Well, I use the same keyboard shortcuts, Ctrl+Command+Spacebar on Mac or Ctrl+Spacebar on Windows, and then I add the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows. So I'm basically holding down most of my modifier keys, and I now have the same cursor but it has a minus in it.

That means I'm going to zoom back. I'll click with that and it zooms back, click again and it zooms back a little bit more, so that's really handy. On the other hand, that's going to take a long time and I have to click a bunch of times before I zoom all the way back to see the whole page again. So instead of using that, I'm going to zoom back with a different feature. Now if I look in the upper left corner of the document window, I can see that I'm currently at 300%. That's the zoom percentage that I'm in, but if I look even farther up, up in the Application bar, I think it says 300%, but if I move my cursor on top of that, you can see it the highlights, that's an indicator that I can edit that number.

So I could come in here and type any value, I want or I could use this little pop down menu on this side and choose a value. For example, I'll go back to 75%, so that's another way that you can zoom in and out of your page using the Application bar Zoom Widget as they call it. Now another way you could do it is by going to the View menu, in fact most of these zoom features are in here, not all of them, but most of them are in the View menu themselves and you can see that Zoom In is here, Zoom Out is here. The keyboard shortcuts for those are Command+ equal or minus.

Although the equal key is actually the same key as the plus, so internally in my mind I think of this as Command+Plus or on Windows Ctrl+Plus zooms in, and Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus on Windows zooms out, so those are really handy. But the ones that I use all the time are Fit Page in Window or Fit Spread in Window. A Spread is like a left hand and a right-hand page next to each-other, so Command+Option+0 or on Windows Ctrl+Alt+0, zooms out to fit the entire Spread in the window. In this case the Spread is just one page so that's what it fits in the window.

I really like that feature a lot. A couple of other things that I should point out here. Actual Size, is Command+1, goes to 100%. This 100%, this Actual Size, is not really actual size. It's just sort of almost like Actual Size and it's frustrating to me, so let me just tell you a little bit about this. It's based on this assumption that Adobe makes that you're using a 72 dpi monitor, and that's crazy because the last time anybody used the 72 dpi monitor was like 1987.

Really, really old monitors were about as low resolution. These days everyone uses high-resolution monitors like 96 or 110 or even higher. So this assumption of 72 dpi is totally crazy, but it's what InDesign assumes. It's what we're stuck with and that is why, 1 inch in the Ruler here does not equal 1 inch in the real world. It's just one of those things that you're going to have to deal with until we can get Adobe to change this feature. So 100% is Actual Size but not really actual size, just something to keep in mind.

Now there are a couple of keyboard shortcuts I want you to know about that don't appear in the View menu and it's sad that they're not there because they're really handy. One of them is Command+2, Command+2 goes to 200% or on Windows it's Ctrl+2. Another one to go even closer and Command+5 or Ctrl+4 goes to 400%, and then Command+5 or Ctrl+5, now it doesn't go to 500%. It goes to 50%, but I find I use those all the time for moving in and out, Command+2, 4 and 5 or Ctrl+2, 4 and 5 on Windows. Very, very handy.

Okay, one more sort of zoom-related feature that I just want to point out; a really handy feature InDesign. I'm going to zoom in on something like maybe up here in the upper left corner. I've zoomed in to 452%. I just used the keyboard shortcuts. Again on the Mac, Command+Ctrl+ Spacebar to get that Zoom tool. On Windows it's just Control+Spacebar. I've then dragged out a rectangle and zoomed in to just this part. Now I want to check out the same zoom level, but on a different part of the page. So I want to zoom out, move to a different part of the page and zoom back in again.

How do I do it? I'm going to use a feature called Power Zoom and you get Power Zoom, not with the Zoom tool, like you'd expect, but instead with the Hand tool. And as we've learned in an earlier movie, you get the Hand tool temporarily by holding down Option+Spacebar or Alt+Spacebar on Windows. That gives me the Hand tool and now I'm going to click with the mouse button and hold for like one or two seconds. It zooms way back and it gives me this red rectangle. By moving the mouse, I can move that rectangle anywhere I want on the page and then when I let go of the mouse button, it zooms in on that area.

So Power Zoom is really handy for doing sort of spot-checking of different areas on my page. Again hold down the keyboard shortcuts for that Hand tool, click-and-hold for a moment on the mouse and then move that around. Actually while the mouse button is being held down, I can use the arrow keys on my keyboard. I've actually let go of the modifier keys and I'm going over to the arrow keys and I'm moving up or down and this lets me change the zoom level bigger or smaller, while I am holding on the mouse button.

So now I can zoom right in on that letter E, I hit the down arrow to make it smaller. Now I focus it on that E, let go of the mouse button and you can see it zooms right in on that big E. So that's very handy as well. I just love that Power Zoom feature. I could do that all day zooming out and back in, but we cannot stop there. We have to move on to another super important feature: how to manage multiple open windows.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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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

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