Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video navigating a document, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Document navigation. Document navigation is a very important topic. It's seemingly simple, but it's something that you're gonna use all the time so I suggest at the end of this that you take some time and write down a few of the shortcut keys I'm about to reveal and keep them near you. Once you've mastered them they'll become like second nature and you'll never need that list again. But in the meantime, it will help you maneuver around your work in DRAW. It will also help you look a little more efficient when you're being observed by other people.
Document navigation is contained in a lot of different areas of the application. I'm gonna focus on three main ones. First, these VCR-like controls. You've seen me use them already as I move from page to page. And if you haven't let me just illustrate. If I click forward, I jump a page forward in a multi-page document, backward, backward. This is to the very beginning and this is to the very end. You'll notice now that I'm at the very beginning that I can add a page simply by clicking here. I'll give you another quick tip. If you click on the one of, two of, however many pages you have in your document, you will get the Go To dialog box and you can jump back to whatever page that you're working on.
Those are the VCR-like controls. The next thing I'd like to show you is even more important and that is your zooming keys. Now if you want to zoom in to objects on your page, intuitively you'd go over here to your Toolbox and get the Zoom tool which as you can see you can tap the Z key to get there as well. If you select the Zoom tool, it works in a couple of different ways. The first of which if you click then it increases your zoom level. I'd like to point this out to you right now. We just went from 100% to 200% on the click.
So it doubled its zoom level. Here in the standard toolbar we have the Zoom Level drop-down which allows you to choose from some of the presets. These are pretty standard presets, but these are the ones that we're going to work with the shortcut keys, but having quick access to these is very important. Back to the Zoom tool. If I click again, I'm going to go 400 times. Click again it doubles again to 800 and so on. If you right-click, you'll step back out of your diagram. When you use the Zoom tool in this way, it centers your drawing around the tool.
So if I click here, it zooms in. It's trying all the time to center your drawing around the area that I clicked on the screen. Let me just take that back out. Now as you can see my page is off-centered. This isn't a problem for me right now 'cause I can still see everything. But if it's really off-centered and I only have half a page, then I want to employ another set of keys like this. Don't you wish you knew what that was. I'll tell you in just a moment. Another way you can use the Zoom tool is to create a marquee. A marquee selection, let me just click and drag, I'm holding down the left mouse button to drag out the marquee.
When I release, it attempts to center my view in the area that the marquee surrounded. I'll do that again. I'll click and drag a marquee around this first little car, and it zooms into that area. Now when I right-click you'll see that it's stepping back out to my previous zooms. All right, that's the Zoom tool. Now what happens typically, I'm working with a tool. In this case I have the Pick tool that I'm using to select objects. I want to zoom but I don't really want to interrupt my workflow.
Great, great, great feature, time-saving feature in DRAW is the one-time zoom. I'm gonna access that by tapping the F2 key. I tap F2. You notice I pick up my Zoom tool. I can click and drag a marquee, or click on my screen to double my zoom, and when I release it goes back to the tool I was previously working with. Very powerful, very efficient, very, very fast. To step out again I can tap the F3 key which steps me back gradually. I can tap the F4 key.
It zoomed to fit and if we go up here to the drop-down again you'll see Zoom to Fit is one of those presets I said we'd be focusing on. But our standard view is the Zoom to Page which is Shift-F4. That's the one I said I would reveal in just a moment here. Shift-F4 takes you back to a page view which is your standard default view. The last thing we're gonna talk about in this chapter is the Navigator. This little box down here, the Navigator, if you click and hold on the Navigator you'll see a thumbnail view of everything that's on your screen.
It doesn't seem very useful right now and it isn't until your zoom level contains items that are not within your view. Let me demonstrate. If I tap F2, and we'll click and drag a marquee around this area, now my zoom is increased to 310% as we see up here. If I go to the Navigator, click on the Navigator, you'll see that the black box represents my zoom area and then I can move my current view to a different area of the drawing and go back to work without having to zoom in and out of my drawing.
The Navigator is a very, very useful tool when you're doing detailed work inside of an illustration. And that in a nutshell is navigating your document.