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Chapter 1. Workspace > InDesign’s Palettes

InDesign’s Palettes

Can you see your page? If not, it’s probably due to InDesign’s omnipresent palettes—there are plenty of them (see Figure 1-9). Don’t rush out to buy a larger screen—you don’t have to have all of the palettes open all of the time. The best way to work with InDesign’s palettes is to have the minimum number of them open at once, to combine palettes into functional groups and workspaces, and to learn and master the keyboard shortcuts for working with and navigating through palettes. That’s what this part of the book is about.

Figure 1-9. InDesign Palettes

You find tools in—where else—the Tools palette. Why do we include pictures of the palettes? So that you can take the book away from your computer and still be able to see what we’re talking about.

Use the Library palette (or any number of Library palettes) to store text and graphics for future use.

The Character palette controls character formatting.

Index palette is where you work with index topics and cross-references.

When you want text to avoid a graphic, use the options in the Text Wrap palette.

Use the Pages palette to add, delete, and arrange document pages and apply master pages.

The Navigator palette gives you another way to change your view of a publication.

Want to work with objects “by the numbers?” If so, the Transform palette is for you.

Use the Paragraph palette to set paragraph indents, alignment, and other paragraph formatting attributes.

When you import text or graphics, you create a link to the original file on disk. InDesign’s Links palette helps you manage these connections.

Use the Align palette to align and distribute objects.

Use the Pathfinder palette to create shapes by combining other shapes.

Use the Table palette to avoid lengthy trips to the table-related dialog boxes.

Store, edit, and apply named colors, tints, and gradients using the Swatches palette.

You can also define and apply unnamed colors and tints using the Color palette.

Use the Gradient palette to control the gradient ramp and angle of gradient fills and strokes.

Use the Stroke palette to set the stroke width, stroke type, and other stroke attributes.

Paragraph styles and Character styles can save you lots of time and trouble. These two palettes are the key to working with styles.

Want to set a tab stop? You’ll have to talk to the Tabs palette.

Use the Find/Change palette to find and change text in your InDesign publications.

You’ve heard the rumor, and it’s true: InDesign pushes the boundaries of user interface design (and possibly common sense) by providing the Check Spelling palette.

The options in the Attributes palette control the overprinting/knockout qualities of the fill or stroke of an object.

The Scripts palette provides a view of the files in the Scripts folder in the Presets folder of your InDesign folder. Double-click the name of a script in the Scripts palette to run the script.

The Script Label palette shows you the label associated with the selected object.

Tags provide a link between objects and elements in the XML structure of your document. The Tags palette is where you create, manage, and apply tags.

Planning to export your InDesign document as PDF? If so, you might want to add navigational features. The Hyperlinks palette is where you create links and define destinations.



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