The QuarkXPress 8 default workspace is designed to put all the tools and controls you need right at your fingertips. With easy access to design options, you can let your creativity flow as you compose layouts, fine-tune text, and manipulate images onscreen. QuarkXPress tools make it easy to create and modify items, the palettes provide a convenient path to formatting controls, and layout aids such as rulers and guides help with placement.
You can customize the workspace by displaying the palettes and layout aids you need, saving palette sets, resizing and splitting project windows, and more. As you work in QuarkXPress, you’ll need to navigate through layouts and pages, change the view scale, and experiment with items on the pasteboard surrounding layout pages. Since nothing can stymie your creative inspiration more than having to hunt through the program interface for a command you need, familiarize yourself with the QuarkXPress workspace in these pages.
In this chapter you’ll learn about the QuarkXPress interface, including the main project window, the primary palettes, navigation and viewing options, and other interface-related features.
The main project window displays all the palettes you have open, the layouts within the project, and the pages of the selected layout (Figure 2.1).
Figure 2.1: The QuarkXPress project window.
Splitting project windows
QuarkXPress lets you split the project window to see different views of projects within the layout. For example, while you’re working, you might want to see how adjusting the runaround on a picture affects all the text in a box, or you might need to see if adding text in one location causes reflow across a layout (Figure 2.2).
Figure 2.2: Splitting the project window allows you to display different views of the same layout or display a different layout.
To split the project window horizontally or vertically, click the split-screen icons on the lower-left corner of the project window or choose Window > Split Window > Horizontal (or Vertical). You can also drag the small, light blue split bar in the lower-right corner of the project window for a vertical split or the upper-right corner for a horizontal split. The size of the original window determines how many times it can be split. Drag the split bar between windows to adjust the window sizes.
To remove a split, click a window’s close box or drag the split bar to any side of the project window. You can also choose Window > Split Window > Remove All.
Opening new project windows
To open a new window for the active project, choose Window > New Window. You can drag the new window to another monitor, view different layouts in that window, and more. This is particularly helpful if you are updating shared content among layouts. To close a separate window, click its close box.