Understanding Panels In InDesign

There are so many settings in a document that you may want to access quickly, InDesign provides you with a vast number of panels that you can display in the document window. A panel will display as a group of related settings, such as a list of colours that you have selected for a particular document. This article is going to talk about how they are categorised and how they are used.

 

Panels

A panel is a collection of controls, settings, commands or options that apply to a particular aspect of a document. The panel will take the form of a window and may or may not include a menu, if it does you will see a button in to right hand corner of the panel and will have a little arrow pointing down next to some horizontal lines. Every default panel will have a menu button. You might find that sometimes panels will also get called pallets.

 

Panel States

Panels can appear on the InDesign document window in various states. It may appear as a window or a tab, depending upon the settings chosen for each panel and how the panels appear by default. The Panel states include:
Full – this is the normal view that you see and all commands and options are visible.
Docked – The panel dock is defaulted to be on the right hand side of the screen, this means that effectively they are attached to the side of the window. Docked panels can be displayed in full or collapsed icons.
Example for Full and Docked Panels, to put them into full mode you can click on the double arrow button on the top right hand corner of the panel dock:

p1
Floating – The panel appears as a floating window somewhere on the screen.
Example of a floating panel, to make a panel floating are you need to do is to drag and drop it out of the dock:

p2
Collapsed – none of the commands are visible and only the title of the panel shows.
As default the panels will already be collapsed and here is an example of them:

p3
Abbreviated – Only a few rows are visible because the size has been made smaller.
Example of an Abbreviated panel, to make it abbreviated all you have to do is go to the bottom of the panel and drag up to make it smaller:

p4

 

Available Panels

There are a lot of panels to work with, each of which as many setting and options. Below I have made a list of all the panels you can choose from the window menu. Some of the panels are grouped by function for example Animation, Bookmarks and Hyperlinks are all grouped under interactive panels.

The panels you can have are:
• Articles
• Colour
   Colour
     Gradient
     Swatches
• Control
• Editorial
  Assignments
      Notes
      Track Changes
• Effects
• Extensions
Kuler
• Folio Builder
• Info
• Interactive
Animation
      Bookmarks
      Buttons and Fonts
  Hyperlinks
      Liquid Layout
      Media
      Object States
      Page Transitions
      Preview
      SWF
      Timing
• Layers
• Links
• Mini Bridge

• Object & Layout
  Align
      Pathfinder
      Transform
• Output
 Attributes
     Flattener Preview
     Preflight
     Separations Preview
      Trap Presets
• Pages
• Stroke
    Object Styles
      Paragraph
      Styles
• Styles
    Cell Styles
      Character Styles
      Table Styles
• Text Wrap
• Tools
• Type & Tables
    Character
      Conditional Text
      Cross-References
      Glyphs
      Index
      Paragraph
      Story
      Tables
• Utilities
    Background Tasks
      Data Merge
      Script Label
      Scripts
      Tags
      Tool Hints

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