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Chapter 1. Workspace > Setting Preferences

Setting Preferences

Why do applications have Preferences dialog boxes? It’s simple: there’s often more than one “right” way to do something. Rather than dictatorially decide to limit users, InDesign gives you a choice. Preferences are one way you can control the appearance and behavior of the program. (Defaults are another—see “Setting Defaults,” later in this chapter.) They’re a place where you can customize the program to better fit your work habits and personality.

To display InDesign’s Preferences dialog box, choose General from the Preferences submenu (under the InDesign menu on the Macintosh, or the File menu in Windows), or press Command-K/Ctrl-K. The Preferences dialog box contains a number of panels—each listed along the left side for you to click on. Better yet, you can press Command-Down Arrow/Ctrl-Down Arrow to go to the next panel, or Command-Up Arrow/Ctrl-Up Arrow to display the previous panel. You can even access the first ten panels by pressing Command-1/Ctrl-1, Command-2/Ctrl-2, and so on. Or you can reach any panel of the Preferences dialog box directly, using the corresponding item of the Preferences submenu.


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