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Now, by using any of these tools, you will notice that occasionally, the page shifts around and you then have a desire to move the document or scroll it around. And you have two options for this as well. The most obvious option is down here in the lower right hand side. You have access here to the scroll bars. Now, this is something that every application has when you are dealing with page layer. So, we can scroll up or down or we can scroll left and right. The downside to that is it does one thing at a time. It is very slow.
The other thing is, if we were using all of our palettes at this time, maybe we pulled out the Swatches palette and also the Object Styles, we have no access at all here to the right hand scroll bar. So, what people have to do is either collapse their palettes or I have even seen them destroy the entire layer we have got, and pull them out onto the screen, so they can actually see the scroll bars here.
Well, none of this is required, the scroll bars for this training series, let us say they are off limits. The fastest way that you can scroll in InDesign is simply to hold down the Space Bar and that will give you access to the Scrolling Tool or the Hand Tool which it is actually called and simply clicking and dragging with that would allow you to move the page in any direction that you want to, regardless of the scroll bars. So, it is a very quick and easy way to navigate around the document, just simply by clicking and dragging, holding down the Space Bar.
Now, the only time that this becomes a different shortcut is when you are inside text because if you hit the Space Bar when in you are in text, you will key in the space. Let us just give this a try. I am just going to scroll over again by holding down the Space Bar and come over to this Text Frame that we have here and simply go ahead now, and double click on it to activate the Text Tool. This is where we could not now hold down the Space Bar and what we do instead is hold down the Option Key or the Alt key on the PC. You see that changes back to the Scroll Tool but inside the Text Frame now and as soon as you let go of the mouse and the Option Key, you are then back to being able to type inside that frame. So, there are just two short cuts there. You have to bear in mind, depending on whether you are inside the Text Frame or not.
One more thing to show, regarding the size of the page is down here in the lower left hand side of your document, you will see the current the preview size, at this point, it is around 300%. You can click next to it and get a small pop up menu that shows you all of the presets that InDesign has from a minimum of 5% to the maximum of 4,000% and anywhere in between. You can go ahead and choose one. The document will change to that preview size, but also just like most other Adobe programs, you can highlight that value in there, put anything you want to, and say maybe 212.5%. Do make sure you hit “Return” or “Enter” to apply that change and it will happen. Now, it is very important that “Return” or “Enter” whenever we key something in inside the dialog box and the main part of the interface, we must tell InDesign that we have accepted that change. So, I will try and push that as much as I can as we go through it, but just to make you aware that is an important thing to do.