Overview of InDesign CS5 Workspace

Workspace in Adobe Creative Suite means an arrangement of bars, panels and windows. The appearance of workspaces in different applications in the Creative Suite is similar to facilitate switching between them. Every application has its own default workspace layout, but you can customize that to suit your requirements and save them for your use.

In this tutorial we will explore InDesign Workspace.

1. Toolbar: contains various tools to create and edit elements on the pages. Related tools are grouped. A tool group is denoted by a small triangle on the bottom right corner of the buttons. Click and hold down the button to to open the fly out menu that shows you the other tools in that group.


Hovering over each tool in the toolbar will display a screen tip along with its shortcut key. Toolbar can be expanded to a two column toolbar by clicking on the icon on the top of the Tools panel.

2. Menu Bar: contains menu items that refer to specific type of activities you would like to do with InDesign.


3. Application Bar: is a new feature introduced in CS4. It gives you a quick access to many features of the InDesign.


The Application Bar is spread across the top of the window in Windows and below the menu in Mac. It has a link to launch Bridge, scaling option, view options, screen mode, document arrangement options and the Workspace switcher. Workspace switcher will help you to choose predefined workspace, create, save and reset custom workspaces.

4. Control Panel: is a contextual area. So the options displayed in the Control Panel depend upon the tool and object selected. In other words, it shows options for currently selected tool or object.


5. Document Window: displays the file or list of files you are working on. Multiple documents are displayed as tabs.


6. Panels: are spread on the right hand side of the window. The panels give us access to various information of the document and/or the objects and elements you create or modify within InDesign. Panels can be moved/floated, collapsed to icons and expanded and viewed and hid from the Window menu.


7. Application Frame: groups all the workspace elements into one single window that acts as a single entity. While Windows users will always work in such environment, it is a new feature for Mac users where earlier components floated on the screen. In Mac, to turn on Application Frame, Window > Application Frame.

NOTE: Application Frame feature is available only for Mac users which fits the entire application in a single window.

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