Users who are used to working in Microsoft Word may find the InCopy interface a bit different from what they are used to. In this video, learn about the different components of the InCopy interface and what they are used for in order to get familiar and feel more comfortable using Adobe InCopy.
- [Instructor] InCopy is composed of several different interface elements to help you get your editing and writing work done. To a new user, it can be a little intimidating so let me walk you though the different areas of InCopy to get you better acquainted. Now, I'm starting this video with the Hardscaping.icml file already open and I'm viewing this document in the Layout view. Now, the first area I want to show you is way up here at the top, which is what's called the menu bar. And pretty much all of the Adobe applications and pretty much all applications in general has a menu bar where you can choose different commands for performing different tasks inside of InCopy.
Now, the next thing I'd like to show you is directly below the menu bar. This is what's called the application bar. And the application bar, again, provides you with access to changing the view of your document, the zoom level. You can also turn on different properties, including your Hidden Characters, and you can also change the preview mode as well as the layout of your document in the event that you have more than one document open.
Now, in addition, to the far right you have your workspace switcher button that is going to change the panel arrangement inside of InCopy, we're going to talk about that a little bit later. And over here provides a way that you can search for things inside of InCopy as well, so if you want to learn how to do something specific, you can search for it right here. Now, directly below that, over here we have what's called the Command Bar. And this is essentially just one of many panels inside of InCopy.
All of your panels, by the way, can be accessed in the Window menu, so you can see Command Bar is right here, and if I turn that off, that Command Bar is going to disappear. I'll go in and turn that back on. But, in addition, along with the Command Bar, you can dock other panels up here at the top. And you can see that we have our character formatting panel, we have our paragraph formatting panel, and you can dock your own panels up there as well. Now, way over here to the left is what's called the tools panel, and there are a total of six different tools that you can use inside of InCopy.
The one that you're going to be using the most, however, is the Type Tool that is currently already active, but we also have the Position Tool, for cropping and repositioning photos, we have the Note Tool for making notes, the Eyedropper for picking up and applying formatting, as well as the Hand and Zoom Tools for navigating the document. Now, way down here at the bottom we have our galley and story appearance section. This is where we can change the font, size, and spacing that will be applied in both Galley and Story View, but then you also have some really useful things to the right here, which is related to the copy inside of your document.
So, here you can see this tells me the number of lines, words, characters, and the depth of the story that I currently have open or that I currently am clicked inside of when you're working with multiple stories in the same document. And one that's really useful is the Copyfit Progress Info. Now, it's not showing us any info right now because we only have a story open, and therefore there's no page geometry that is being reflected here, but as we move throughout this course, and we start talking about working with layouts and assignments, that Copyfit info is going to be more and more relevant and important for working inside of InCopy.
So, now that you know the different components of the InCopy interface, let's explore how to customize that interface to suit your needs.
- Customizing the Galley and Story views
- Navigating a document
- Saving a workspace
- Creating a story in Adobe InDesign
- Creating a story in Adobe InCopy
- Formatting text and using styles
- Transitioning content from Microsoft Word into InCopy
- Moving content from InDesign to InCopy
- Creating and editing tables
- Using Track Changes
- Creating text macros
- Working with graphics in InCopy
- Exporting to PDF