- "Where are the Item and Content tools?"
- "I see the picture box tools, but where are the tools for text boxes?"
- "I can't find text leading!"
- "Why do I always get the wrong font and size when I start typing?"
- "I can't click on master page items!"
- "How am I supposed to link text boxes together without a Link tool?"
- "Why does creating or editing a color or style affect objects on my page?"
- "How do I resize, color, or adjust pictures?"
- "How do I get rid of my guides?"
- "Where is that XPress feature I always use?"
“Why does creating or editing a color or style affect objects on my page?”
When you create a color using either the Color or the Swatches palette (see Chapter 38 for the difference), InDesign automatically applies the color to any objects selected on your page. Similarly, if you double-click on a name in the Swatches palette, Paragraph Styles, or Character Styles palette (to edit the color or style), the color or style is applied to anything you have selected. This can be crazy-making if you don’t expect it. There are several workarounds.
First, get in the habit of pressing Command-Shift-A/Ctrl-Shift-A (or choosing Edit>Deselect All) before you edit or create anything. Second, you can right-button click (or Control-click on the Macintosh) on a paragraph or character style to edit it without applying it. Or you can hold down Command-Option-Shift/Ctlr-Alt-Shift when you double-click on a style or color name to edit it without applying it.