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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
It may seem odd to have a movie on deleting items, but in QuarkXPress you can delete the content, the item or both, and there are multiple ways to do that. If you want to delete an item, the whole item, you select the Item tool and then click on the item you want to delete. Then you can either press the Delete key on your keyboard, like that or, I'll select this one, you can press Command+K on Mac or Ctrl+K on Windows and it also goes away. Now why on earth would there be a key command to delete an item, when you've already got a Delete key in your keyboard? Well, that's just an efficiency enhancement.
So, let's say you have the Text Content tool or the Picture Content tool and you click, say, on a picture box. If I had the Delete key, it's going to delete the content and not the box itself. If I want to delete the whole thing at once, that's where Command+K or Ctrl+K comes in. Now, I remember this because Command+K to me means Command Kill. When you really want to kill an item, no matter what tool you've got selected, that's the way to go. Now, of course, there is always the menu commands. You can select an item and choose Edit, Cut or Clear and either one of them is going to remove it from the page.
If you select Cut, it will put it on the clipboard and you can then paste it somewhere else. Now one thing about that little keyboard command that I mentioned before, Command+K or Ctrl+K, is that if you accidentally hold down more modifier keys, for example, on a Mac if you hold down Command+Option+Shift+K, you'll see a different thing occur. Yeah, that's right, a Martian marched out and blasted that item out of existence. If you do that same thing on Windows using Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K, you'll see the item melt and a gargling sound appear.
It's helpful to have all these different ways of deleting items from a page, because one of them will always be available to you, no matter what you're doing in your page layout work.
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