Adobe InDesign: Understanding The Workspace


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Feature Description
Menu Bar  The Menu Bar provides you with a series of options from which you can select commands. Next to  the Menu Bar you will see a series of buttons which allow you to adjust the view of the workspace  and/or document without having to look for the same options in the Menu Bar.
Document Tab  This is where you find the name of your document and it is also followed by the percentage the  document is being viewed at. This is important because documents in InDesign can vary  enormously in size.
Tools Panel  The Tools Panel is where you will find all of the tools in InDesign. The selection, drawing and  control tools used to work with objects in your document can all be found here. By default it set to  be on the left hand side.
Page Controls and Prefight indicator  The Page controls show he page number of the currently displayed page and provide buttons to  move to the next, previous, first and last spread. A spread is a collection of pages that are shown  at the same time for example a two page spread normally found in magazines. You can also type  in a specific page number into the page number box and hit entre and you will be taken to that  page. Within the Page controls you will find the Error button. This allows you to see at a glance if  there are any errors in your document. For an example if you had some Text or image which went  past the side of the document the Error button will display as red.
Control Panel  The control Panel displays a series of controls that can be used to modify the contents and objects  in your document. The controls in the panel will vary depending on what tool you have got  selected from the Tools Panel.
Document  The Documents displayed in the InDesign Workspace and is the area that will be printed. Objects  and text can be placed on the page to create the document.
Horizontal scroll bar  The Horizontal scroll bar lets you move left or right to view different parts of the document.
Vertical scroll bar  The Vertical scroll bar lets you move Up or down to view different parts of the document.
Pasteboard  The Pasteboard area is where you can put text or images before you know where they are going to  go.
Panel Dock  This is an area where available panels can be stored on the screen, making them easily accessible.  By default the Panel Dock is displayed in tiled icons. You can drag out individual panels or groups  and make them float over the document window.
Ruler  These show the position and size of the objects the page. If you click and drag on a ruler you can  create a guide which can help with placing of text and objects.



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