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Menus and context menus

Even QuarkXPress beginners will have no trouble using the QuarkXPress menus. You may wish to click each menu to see how commands are grouped. Just don’t get bewildered by the sheer length and complexity of the commands—many of the menu commands are special-purpose options that you’ll never touch.

A few notes about the QuarkXPress menus:

  • Preferences dialog box: The Mac version provides a QuarkXPress menu, where you will find the Preferences command. (On Windows, you’ll find Preferences under the Edit menu.)
  • Context-sensitive menus: The options in the Style menu (Figure 2.8) change entirely depending on whether text, a picture, or a line is selected in the layout. In other menus, commands are grayed out if they are not relevant to the layout type (print, Web, or interactive) or the selected item.
  • Figure 2.8: The Style menu for pictures displays when a picture is selected.

  • Context menus: You can make quick changes to everything from the rulers to the project window to the selected item with context menus (Figure 2.9). Control+click/right+click anywhere on the window or page to see the options.
  • Figure 2.9: The context menu for a picture lets you lock it, scale it, and more.

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