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Chapter 2. QuarkXPress Basics > QuarkXPress's Interface

QuarkXPress's Interface

While working in QuarkXPress, you have access to its powerful tools and features through several areas: menus, palettes, dialog boxes, and keystrokes. QuarkXPress 5 has a new interface item, too: context-sensitive menus. Let's look carefully at each of these methods and how you can use them.

Menus

There are several conventions used in QuarkXPress's menus. One is the hierarchical menu, which I call a submenu. These allow multiple items to be, literally, offshoots of the primary menu item. Another convention is the checkmark. A checkmark next to a menu item shows that the feature is enabled or activated. Selecting that item turns the feature off—or disables it—and the checkmark goes away. If a menu item has an ellipsis (…) after it, you know that selecting it will bring up a dialog box. Finally, menus show the main keystroke shortcut for a menu item. Figure 2-10 shows these three menu conventions. Other conventions are discussed as needed throughout the book.


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