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Use the Zoom tool or the Zoom commands to magnify the size of documents.
In Mac OS, you can display the zoom percentage in the status bar by hiding the application bar (Window > Application Bar). In Windows, you cannot hide the application bar.
Power zoom offers a quick way to scroll through your document pages. Using the grabber hand, you can use zoom in or out and scroll through your entire document. This feature is especially useful for long documents.
You must be in Layout view to use power zoom.
To activate the grabber hand, you can also hold down the spacebar or hold down Alt/Option while in text mode.
The document zooms out so that you can see more of the spread. A red box indicates the view area.
The document window returns to its original zoom percentage or to the size of the red box.
Focus on the desired area of your document by fitting pages and spreads within the active window and by scrolling the view.
You can easily adjust the degree to which pages or objects are centered in the document window. These techniques are also useful for navigating between pages.
Select the Hand tool from the Tools panel, and then click and drag in the document window. Holding down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and pressing the spacebar temporarily activates the Hand tool.
Click the horizontal or vertical scroll bars or drag the scroll box.
Press Page Up or Page Down.
Use the mouse scroll wheel or sensor to scroll up and down. To pan left or right, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) as you use the mouse scroll wheel or sensor.
InDesign makes it easy to jump from page to page in a document. For example, just as most web browsers provide Back and Forward buttons to navigate through pages you’ve visited, InDesign keeps track of the order in which you’ve viewed pages in a document.
Page navigation controls are sensitive to R or L binding. If the document is read from right to left, for example, becomes the Next Page button and becomes the Previous Page button.
To go to the first or last page, click the First Spread button or Last Spread button at the lower left of the document window, or choose Layout > First Page or Last Page.
To go to a specific page, choose Layout > Go To Page, specify the page number, and click OK. Or, click the downward-facing arrow at the right of the page box, and then choose a page.
You can open additional windows for the same document or for other InDesign documents. With additional windows, you can compare different spreads simultaneously, especially spreads that aren’t adjacent. You can also display different magnifications of the same page, so that you can work closely on details while watching how the changes affect the overall layout. In addition, you can display a parent page in one window, and pages based on it in other windows, to see how editing the parent page affects various parts of the document.
When you reopen the document, only the last-used window appears.
Anti-aliasing smooths the jagged edges of type and bitmap images by softening the color transition between edge pixels and background pixels. Since only the edge pixels change, no detail is lost.
You can enable or disable anti-aliasing for each of the view settings. For example, you can enable anti-aliasing for High Quality view and disable it for Fast view.
When display capabilities are insufficient to show text at a small size, InDesign displays the text as a dimmed bar. This behavior is called greeking type. Any type at or below the specified type size is replaced on‑screen with non-letterforms that act as placeholders.
You can specify different Greek Type values for each of the view settings.
To control whether to greek text and images when you scroll a document, open the Interface section of the Preferences dialog box, drag the Hand Tool slider to the desired level of performance versus quality, and then click OK.
You can perform simple math in any numerical edit box. For example, if you want to move a selected object 3 units to the right using the current measurement units, you don’t have to work out the new horizontal position—simply type +3 after the current value in the Transform panel.
Panels use the measurement system selected in the Preferences dialog box; however, you can specify values in another measurement instead.
To replace the entire current value with a mathematical expression, select the entire current value.
To use the current value as part of a mathematical expression, click before or after the current value.
For example, 0p0+3 or 5mm + 4.
In the Control panel and the Transform panel, you can duplicate the selected object and apply the calculation to the duplicate (instead of the original). Enter the calculation and press Alt+Enter (Windows) or Option+Return (Mac OS).
Panels and dialog boxes use the measurement units and increments defined in the Edit > Preferences > Units & Increments (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > Units & Increments (Mac OS) dialog box. However, you can specify values using any of the supported measurement units at any time by temporarily overriding the current preference settings.
Type a value in the box, and then press Enter or Return.
Drag the slider.
Drag the dial.
Click the arrow buttons in the panel to change the value.
Click in the box and then use the up or down arrow keys on the keyboard to change the value.
Select a value from the menu associated with the box.
When you make a change using the arrow buttons, arrow keys, or pop‑up menus, InDesign applies the change immediately.