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Chapter 1. The Basics > Key to the QuarkXPress screen in Mac OS X

Key to the QuarkXPress screen in Mac OS X

  1. Menu bar

    Press any menu name to access a list of commands. XTensions are also accessed via the menu bar.

  2. Tools palette

    Most of the palettes are opened from the Window menu: Tools (and Web Tools), Measurements, Page Layout, Style Sheets, Colors, Trap Information, Lists, Layers, Profile Information, Synchronized Text, Hyperlinks, Index, Sequences, and Placeholders. Many of the commands found under the menu bar can be accessed more quickly from the Measurements palette. Palettes that are open when you quit QuarkXPress will reopen when the application is relaunched.

  3. Close/minimize/zoom buttons

    To close a file or a palette, click its close (red) button. Click the minimize (yellow) button to stow it in the Dock. Click the zoom (green) button to enlarge a window or the Page Layout palette to maximum size.

  4. Title bar

    The name of the project and the currently displayed layout are displayed on the project title bar. Drag the bar to move the project window.

  5. Ruler origin box

    Drag from the ruler origin box to reposition the intersection of the horizontal and vertical rulers, also known as the zero point. Click the ruler origin box again to reset the zero point to the upper left corner of the page. Each layout can have a different ruler origin position.

  6. Rulers

    You can choose inches, inches decimal, picas, points, millimeters, centimeters, ciceros, or agates as the default measurement increment for rulers and entry fields. In a Web layout, you can also choose pixels. Choose View > Show Rulers or Hide Rulers. Non-printing guides, which are dragged from the vertical and horizontal rulers, are used for aligning and positioning objects.

  7. Margin guides

    Margin guides don't print. Choose View > Show Guides or Hide Guides.

  8. Pasteboard

    This functions as a scratchboard for creating items or as a holding area for storing items for later use. Web layouts don't have a pasteboard.

  9. View percent field

    The zoom level of a layout is displayed, and can be modified, in this field.

  10. Layout tabs

    Display a layout by clicking its tab. Print layouts have a icon; Web layouts have a icon.

  11. Undo

    Click to undo the last undoable edit, or choose from the pop-up menu.

  12. Redo

    Click to redo the last redoable edit, or choose from the pop-up menu.

  13. HTML Preview (Web layouts only)

    Click this button to display the current Web layout in the default browser, or choose from the pop-up menu to display the layout in one of the currently installed browsers.



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