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When you’re designing and revising a layout, it can seem like you’re spending half your time just locating the right spot to work on. QuarkXPress provides many ways to navigate through layouts, including “turning” pages and entering page numbers as well as more visual methods such as clicking page icons. Most users find a navigation method they like best and stick with it.

  • Scroll bars: Using the scroll bars is probably the slowest and least accurate way to navigate in QuarkXPress. Nonetheless, as in all programs, you can scroll within pages and from page to page.
  • Pan tool: The Pan tool lets you “push” pages around until you get to just the right spot. Similar to scrolling, panning can be somewhat slow, but it’s very visual and can give you a good overview of a layout. The Pan tool is in a pop-out menu of the Zoom tool at the bottom of the Tools palette. You can select it from the pop-out or press X. (You may need to press X twice as X is also assigned to the Zoom tool; X will not select the Pan tool when the Text Content tool is selected.) A better way to access the Pan tool is by holding down Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows). Rather than selecting the Pan tool, this just gives you temporary access to it so you can move around the layout, then go back to what you were doing with the previously selected tool.
  • Turn pages: To flip from page to page, you can use the arrows in the lower-left corner of the project window , the Page Up and Page Down keys on your keyboard, or the options in the Page menu: Previous, Next, First, and Last. Pressing Page Up and Page Down on the keyboard moves up or down an entire spread. Add the Shift key to move up or down one page; add the Option (Mac) or Alt (Windows) key to view the same area of the previous or next page.
  • Select page icons: You can double-click a page icon in the Page Layout palette (Window menu) to jump to that page. In addition, if you click the up arrow next to the Page Number field in the lower-left corner of the project window, you can choose from a menu of page icons.
  • Enter page numbers: If you know what page you want to display, you can enter its number in the Page Number field in the lower-left corner of the project window . The quickest way to jump to a page—without taking your hands off the keyboard—is to use the keyboard shortcut for the Page > Go To menu command. Press Command+J (Mac) or Control+J (Windows), enter a number, and press Return/Enter.
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