Learn Adobe InDesign's basic tools and techniques with the Get Started series. Get familiar with the workspace and how to create and save your work.
What you'll need
Create a new document
Learn how to make a new document.
What you learned: Make a new document
The Start screen appears when there are no documents open in InDesign. It lists your recent files (if available), presets, and more. You can also access various resources and search Adobe Stock from here.
- Choose File > New > Document. In the New Document dialog box, start by choosing a preset. For example, the Print category shows various sizes and document options you can set for a new document. The New Document dialog box is where you can access free and paid Adobe Stock templates, which are a great starting point for your designs.
Save your documents
Explore the different methods for saving your InDesign documents.
What you learned: Save your projects
- Choose File > Save or File > Save As.
- Save in InDesign (INDD) format to retain layers, type, and other editable InDesign content. It’s best to save your document in InDesign format while you’re working on it.
- Choose File > Save As and choose IDML to save your project as a file that is backwards-compatible with previous versions of Adobe InDesign starting with CS4.
Get around in InDesign
Take a hands-on tour of the workspace in Adobe InDesign.
What you learned: The InDesign workspace
- Document window (in the middle) displays the file you’re currently working on. Multiple open documents appear as tabs in the Document window.
- Menu bar (at the very top) shows the File, Edit, and other menus that give you access to a variety of commands, adjustments, settings, and panels.
- Toolbox (on the left) contains tools for creating and editing artwork. Similar tools are grouped together. You can access them by clicking and holding a tool in the toolbox.
- Panels (on the right) include Properties, Pages, and CC Libraries that contain a variety of controls for working with documents. You can find a full list of panels under the Window menu.
Zoom and pan
Explore how to zoom and pan in an InDesign document.
What you learned: Zoom and pan
- The Zoom tool, located in the toolbox, can be used to show you more detail of a document. To change from Zoom In to Zoom Out, press Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS).
- The Hand tool, also located in the toolbox, allows you to pan across a document.
- The view menu below the document can be used to change the view of a document.