Learn about the InDesign interface at a basic level.
- [Instructor] If you've watched the previous movies on Photoshop and Illustrator, then you'll be familiar with the interface tours of this title and can probably work along with me quite easily. But just in case you jumped straight to this chapter or you're viewing it in isolation, let's have a look at where everything is in InDesign. On the Mac at the very top of the screen you've got the top-level menu system. On the PC that's in this bar just underneath that, the Application Bar.
Beneath that we have the Control Strip. Photoshop people like to call it the Options Bar because that's what it's called there, but in InDesign and Illustrator technically called the Control Strip. On the left-hand side of the screen, that's where we've got our Toolbox. Whenever I'm directing you to something in this chapter, I'll be trying to give you a key to press to access it to make it easier to find. Over on the right-hand side we have Panels at the moment collapsed to icons and text, but normally they would like this.
I'm just going to drag one of the panels out so we can have a look at it. We've got a tab just here, which if you double-click on it will collapse the panel. If I double-click again, because this one's got these small little markers on it, this one has different states of collapse, so it will go like halfway and then fully collapse. So options mode or not as it's known. And then we've got the fly-out on the side. This gives us some commands associated with the menu, and some of those get iconized down in the bottom bar.
So there you are. Now you've got a rough idea of where to look when we're in InDesign. Of course the document area will be where most of the action is. Let's get started using it.
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