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What you're looking at here is the default appearance and look of InDesign when you first launch it right after you've installed that and launched it for the first time. I don't have any documents open right now, so it's just the application open with the Welcome Screen. And we're going to turn on a feature that is not on by default on the Mac. On Windows, it's just the way Windows applications work. On the Mac since applications have not work like this typically, this feature is turned off and what I'm talking about is the Application Frame.
The way applications work on the Mac by default typically is that the menu is at the top of the screen and these panels float or are docked to the edges of the monitor. The application itself does not sit in a window. They can be moved or resized, or whatever. On a Windows computer of course, all applications sit in a resizable window that can be minimized, resized, smaller than the screen, or maximized to fill the screen. So, we're going to the go to the Window menu and I'm going to turn on the Application Frame. The Mac, this is something that you can turn on. On Windows, it's something you can't turn off.
It's just always there because that's how Windows applications work. So, Window > Application Frame and what happens here is that your whole application gets contained within a single window. It's resized slightly smaller than the screen just to kind of give you a clue that it can be dragged around and moved to a different monitor. It can be resized, if I go to the bottom right-hand corner, I can resize the application itself and you'll see the panels move along with me. If I had a document open, the document would be fitting within the available area and it's zooming out or in, depending on how big you make the application window itself.
So very good. So if I wanted to maximize that, I will click the little green button up here in the upper left- hand corner to have it fill the screen. So, little thing. I tend to work with the Application Frame on, so the first time I launch InDesign, I go to on a Window menu and I turn on the Application Frame and I leave it on. I like the convenience of been able to move the entire application around the screen, or to a different monitor, or to resize it if necessary so that I can work in another application and still see InDesign behind the background or whatever. So, you have an Application Frame, whether you love or hate it.
On the Mac you can turn it on. It's off by default. Under the Window menu, turn it on if you like it.
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