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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
So there are few elements of the interface that we can customize and I want to show you a few of those right now. First one is the toolbar. If I go up here to the View menu and pull down to Customize Toolbar we'll see a sheet that comes up. This gives us a whole panel of different items that we can put up here into the toolbar at our will. For instance if I want to bring up Copy Style, grab and hold, bring it up here until I see that green button and let go. And now that particular button will be permanently in my toolbar until I take it away later. You can also take things away. This is little space item here.
I'm going to click and hold and pull it out until it poofs away. And we had one more Paste Style for instance and I can add separators, this helps me and it creates some visual distinction between items, can be really helpful in understanding the interface and going through things quickly. So should you want to return all these to the default set that came with the Keynote when it first started, you can just come down here to this toolbar, click and hold and drag the whole thing up and let it go and it will replace it with the default set. So as you work with Keynote and get to know your work of style and what functions you like to use a lot remember that you can come in here to the Toolbar Customization area and change your toolbar the way you like it.
I am going to go down here and click Done. One other thing we should look at are Rulers that show up on canvas. I'm going to up here to View > Show Rulers and it drops in these rulers here on the side. Now, right now the rulers are showing a relative position within the slide. I want to change that. Let me show you. I go up here to Keynote, pull down the Preferences and make sure the Rulers tab is selected. In here under Rulers Units I do want to keep it on pixels, I do like having the origin at center, but I'm going to turn off this display as percentage.
And that's going to give me the absolute reading in pixels of that particular screen. Now while I'm on this Preferences pane, let's also change the color of our Alignment Guides. We have a light background on the slides, so I'm going to change it to a Tangerine color so it shows up and for Object Spacing I'm going to click on that Fill button and give it darker blue. Close out my colors and close out my Preferences. So these are just a couple of things you can do to customize the interface to match your workflow.
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