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By David Blatner | Thursday, January 05, 2012

InDesign Secrets: Gaining perspective with the New Window command

As is appropriate for starting off a newInDesign Secrets year, this week’s free video features David Blatner showing you how to get several useful perspectives on your document by using InDesign’s New Window command. Opening multiple windows on the same document allows you to work on detail while keeping the big picture in mind. For instance, let’s say I was obsessed with creating a meticulous text-wrap path around the snowflake image in my winter newsletter, but also wanted to keep track of how the entire text block was shaping up across the page. By using New Window to open two windows and using the Arrange command to set them side by side, I can carefully move the anchor points on my text wrap while keeping an eye on the overall outcome without the distraction of visible guides and frame borders:

Example of InDesign's New Window command

David also points out some other good uses for multiple windows, including previewing a text color change. Since New Window allows you to see two perspectives of the same project, you can keep the text selected (and thus reversed in color) in one window, while seeing the effect of the color change without selection-highlight in the other.

Meanwhile, over in the Online Training Library®, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has a member-exclusive video explaining how to put images on a stroke. And since every frame edge is a stroke, she also shows you how to surround your images with other images.

See you back in two weeks with another InDesign Secrets from Anne-Marie and David!

Interested in more? • All the InDesign Secrets on lynda.com • Courses by David Blatner on lynda.com • Courses by Anne-Marie Concepcion on lynda.com • All lynda.com InDesign courses

Suggested courses to watch next: • InDesign CS5 Essential Training • InDesign CS5 New Features • Up and Running with InDesign • InDesign FX series

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