Shortcuts to Success: Hide the Pasteboard

Shortcuts to Success: Hide the Pasteboard

Sure, there are huge lists of InDesign keyboard shortcuts out there, but are you going to sit down and memorize them all? We're here to help you learn some handy new ones, one by one, making it easier to add them to your mental list. Each week, we'll highlight a different shortcut to help you work faster, better and smarter.
Toggle Screen Modes

So, you've got all kinds of stuff on your pasteboard that you might need to use while you design, but what happens when you want to see what the page looks like trimmed? Switch your screen mode to Preview to hide everything outside the trim, or Bleed or Slug to hide everything outside those areas. To toggle between Normal and the other view mode you've selected, type W. It's a great shortcut, unless you're working in live text. Try to use it then, and you'll end up with a pesky, unwanted W.

Access the Screen Modes menu from the bottom of your Toolbox and select Preview, Bleed, or Slug Mode. This will be the mode that toggles with Normal when you type W.


Normal Mode: Pasteboard is visible.


Bleed Mode: Page and bleed are visible, but pasteboard is hidden.


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This week's shortcut brought to you by Joseph Caserto

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