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Chapter 1. The Basics > The CorelDraw 9 screen (Figure 1)

The CorelDraw 9 screen (Figure 1)

Key to the CorelDraw 9 screen

  1. Title Bar

    Displays the program name and current document name.

  2. Menu Bar

    Click any menu title to access commands, fly-outs, and dialog boxes.

  3. Standard Toolbar

    One of ten toolbars, the Standard Toolbar buttons give you quick access to standard Windows commands such as New, Open, Save, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Print. It also includes several CorelDraw 9 commands, including Redo, Import, Export, and Zoom.

  4. Property Bar

    The Property Bar is a is a context-sensitive toolbar. Buttons and drop-down lists change dynamically, depending upon what is selected. This gives you easy access to the most important commands associated with the selected tool or item.

  5. Rulers

    The mouse pointer's current position is indicated with marks on the vertical and horizontal rulers. Rulers can be moved to where you need them and used to accurately size objects. The measurement unit they display can be changed to virtually any system.

  6. Toolbox

    One of the ten toolbars, the Toolbox contains 42 drawing and editing tools. As with every toolbar, you can drag it out onto the drawing window, making it float, or dock it along any edge of the screen, as shown here.

  7. Page border

    You can draw anywhere you want in the drawing window, but anything outside the page border will not be printed.

  8. Dockers

    Dockers are like power tools on your desktop. There are 25 dockers, each geared to a specific command or purpose, such as extruding, scaling, contouring, managing objects, and checking for HTML conflicts.

  9. Guidelines

    A non-printing guide that comes in three flavors—horizontal, vertical, and angled. Guidelines are used for aligning objects. Press and drag from either ruler to create guidelines.

  10. Page Tabs

    The page flipper is used to add pages to a document, and to move to another page, or to the beginning or end of a document. The page tabs give quick access to nearby pages.

  11. Status Bar

    Displays the position of the mouse pointer, and detailed object information, such as size, fill color, outline width, and position. Click the right mouse button on the Status Bar to access a pop-up menu you can use to select other information options.

  12. Scroll Bars

    Scroll Bars are used to navigate around the drawing window. If you click the down arrow on the vertical scroll bar, the drawing page will move up. If you click the right arrow on the horizontal scroll bar, the page will move left.

  13. Color Palette

    The Color Palette is used to fill and outline your objects with color. There are many defined color systems that can be loaded into the Color Palette, including Pantone and Trumatch, and two palettes designed especially for World Wide Web browsers.



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