Learn how to customize your workspace to suit your specific needs. Learn how to access, view, move, and dock panels, and then save your changes to your own custom workspace to be used going forward.
- [Instructor] Now that we're feeling more comfortable in our surroundings, you should know that you have the ability to fully customize your surroundings. You can move pods, toolbars, float them, collapse them, get them into position so they're exactly where you like to have them when you're working on your project, even save that layout so you can refer back to it when needed. That's what we're going to do in this movie with the new blank document we started in the previous movie. If you're jumping to this one, just go up to File, down to New, and choose Document, we're working on a new blank portrait document.
And as we go up to the top in the right hand side and look at the button displaying Authoring, that's the current workspace, we talked about workspaces in the previous movie. Clicking the drop down allows us to go to other presets, for example, if we're going to be working a lot with graphics at some stage in our project, we can go to Manage Graphics and you can see how the workspace changes. We have tools over here on the left hand side, a new toolbar, we have a new set of tools showing up under the standard toolbar as well, and over here on the right hand side, we see our pods.
Notice they have tabs, and when we select tabs, that pod comes to the front. When we go up to the window menu, click Window, and go down to Pods. You'll notice exactly what is on top, in this case, Object Properties. Notice there are a number of other pods that we're not seeing, like Hotspots for example. There's the tab, but it's not on top, so that's why it's not selected. And we can switch to it from here by simply selecting it. Let's go to back to Insets, for example. Over here on the right hand side, we see some others, and you'll notice the double arrows that allows to expand our pods.
And you might see them stacked, like I do. And of course we can fully customize what we see here, as well. If you want this group on top of this group, just simply move it. Go to any one of the tabs, so let's say the Insets pod. I want to move that up. Notice when I get up to the top, a blue line appears. That indicates I'm about to switch places. And releasing moves that up to the top, and you can see my other's down below. Now if you wanted to make a couple of pods into one, you can do that as well.
Maybe the Inset should be part of the Object Style Catalog here. So when I go to Insets and click and drag down, I can see a blue line go around the entire pod, as opposed to in between pods, like I see down below. That's to change the order and slip it in between, but when I see the blue highlighting all the way around the outside, I can release and combine those. So it becomes part of the group. Now I see Insets as part of the group with Object Style and Undo History.
Now keep in mind you can always go back if you made a mistake. Click the dropdown up here in the top right corner and reset the workspace. When you click OK, everything goes back to the way it was when we started. But you can also create your own workspaces. Maybe when you're working with graphics, you're also doing a lot of text formatting and want to work with fonts. When you go up to the View menu, click that dropdown, and you're also going to see check marks next to different pods. So let's go to Pods and select Fonts, for example.
Selecting Fonts opens that one up, and you can see it's added to the group with Insets, Hotspots, et cetera. Now if I want it maybe stacked down below, I can do that, just float it out. And we can expand our other pods and move that in if we wanted to. A lot of things you can do to customize your pods to work exactly the way you want them. Same thing goes for the toolbars, by the way. If you don't like having your tools here, the graphic tools on the left hand side, you can go grab it and move it.
Just drag it up into the other toolbars if you wanted to. Or keep it floating, if you like. Notice when we move over to our pods, we see that blue line as well. So we can kind of dock it next to our pods. A lot of people like to have them on the right, along with all of their other options here. And once you have your workspace exactly the way you like to work, you can create your own custom workspace from it. Let's go up to Manage Graphics, click the dropdown, and save what we have here to our own workspace.
Click Save Workspace and give it a name. Now you might want to call it CustomGraphics, like so. And you can leave spaces, it's not like naming files. Click OK, and if you need to rename it, you can always do that as well. Notice now up at the top, it says Custom Graphics. Click the dropdown and it appears on top of the other presets. So if you wanted to rename it, just go down to Manage Workspace, and from here select it from the list. It should be the only one if you've been following along with me from the start.
Click Rename to give it a new name. I'm going to type in DR Custom Graphics. Maybe you share a computer with others and they like to have their own graphics layout. You could have several different custom graphic layouts. Using the initials will help you remember whose is whose. Click on OK and click OK again. Notice you can also delete at any time any selected workspace. I'm going to keep mine. I like this layout. And of course, I can switch back to the original at any time, going back up to the top right corner and switching to one of the presets like Manage Graphics.
Remember this look, that's where we left off. I'm going to go back up to the top now and switch to Authoring. This is the most popular workspace when authoring documents, adding text for example, things like that. Just keep in mind that if you don't like the way things are laid out, change it up, create your own custom workspace, and you'll always have the tools you need at hand when you need them.
- Touring the user interface
- Customizing your workspace
- Using templates to create new documents
- Formatting documents
- Creating custom documents
- Adjusting frames for graphics
- Editing documents
- Working with tables
- Using footnotes and cross-references
- Formatting a table of contents
- Working with indexes, conditional text, and hyperlinks