Chapter 2. Working with Windows and Views


  • Managing multiple document windows

  • Working with workspaces

  • Changing views and scrolling

  • Setting view defaults

  • Working with screen modes

Like almost all applications, InDesign uses the concept of document windows to present the work you're using it for—layouts, in InDesign's case. And like many applications, InDesign lets you zoom in and out of your document so you can better focus on individual layout components as well as see the whole context when desired.

But InDesign's approach to windows and views goes way beyond what most applications do. It provides extensive window-management capabilities, extensive controls not only over your zoom levels but what guides and other layout aids appear, and even a feature called workspaces to let you easily change which tools and menus are available on-screen.

Working with Multiple Document Windows

If you like to work on more than one project at one time, you've come to the right program. InDesign lets you have several documents open simultaneously. It also lets you have multiple windows for an individual document open simultaneously. A large monitor (or having multiple monitors connected) makes this multiwindow feature even more useful. By opening multiple windows, you can:

  • Display two (or more) different pages or spreads at one time. You still have to work on the documents one at a time, but no navigation is required—you need only to click within the appropriate window.

  • Display multiple magnifications ...

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