Get an orientation in the commonly used interface elements of InDesign.
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Let's take a look at the InDesign interface.…Firstly, it's colour.…Now this is purely cosmetic but if your…interface is a different shade of grey from mine…and you're wondering why,…It's because you can change the…interface colour in your preferences.…Now, as I mentioned for Windows users,…your preferences will be under the 'Edit' menu…the very last item under the 'Edit' menu,…but I'm going to come to my 'Application' menu…and to preferences and to interface.…
And here is where I can change the colour…of the interface.…Now I happen to prefer it the way it is…so that's how I'm going to leave it.…If you were to change it,…it would become an application preference.…That is, it stays that way until somebody…else comes along and changes it.…In the 'Tools' panel on the left hand side,…just in very broad strokes here an overview…of the 'Tools' panel, there are two tools that you…will use with great frequency.…The selection tool, which allows you to select frames…and the type tool, that allows you to select…the type within the frames.…
Author and designer Nigel French explains how to set up an "editorial workspace" that puts the tools you need most at close reach. He then moves on to selecting and editing text in InDesign: changing case, adding special characters, formatting lists, and inserting breaks. He also shows how to use the Story Editor, Notes, and the Track Changes feature, and explains how InDesign documents are constructed, so that you can edit them with more confidence.
- Opening and saving InDesign documents
- Creating an editorial workspace
- Using guides and nonprinting visual aids
- Selecting and editing text
- Changing case
- Accessing special characters
- Working with bulleted and numbered lists
- Checking spelling
- Working with Notes and Track Changes
- Understanding the underlying structure of an InDesign file
- Controlling text breaks