QuarkXPress Tools Palette

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The QuarkXPress Tools Palette is used to put your mouse cursor in various modes as you click around inside a QuarkXPress document. It can be shown or hidden using the corresponding menu item from the View menu. By default the tools palette is vertical but, under Windows, you can make it horizontal by holding the CTRL key while you double click on the palette's header.

 

 

The most important buttons of that palette, as they relate to Q++ useage, are :

 

Object Selection

When this button is depressed, you can use the mouse to resize and move the currently selected object. Double-clicking on an object will bring-up the Modify dialog that lets you further modify properties such as color, inset, runaround, ...

Text Selection

When this button is depressed, you can select, copy, paste, delete and modify text inside any textbox. This button must be depressed if you wish to act on anchored objects inside a textbox. Note that while this button is depressed, you can still resize, move and modify the currently selected textbox, but you cannot do it using the mouse; you must either use the Item/Modify menu or the Measurements Palette.

Rotation

When this button is depressed, you can rotate any object currently selected, using the mouse. However, as this is not very precise, we recommend setting the rotation angle directly using the Measurements Palette instead of using the mouse.

Zoom

When this button is depressed, you can use the mouse to delineate an area to zoom into. You cannot zoom out using the mouse; you must either use a right-click and select one of the available zoom factors, or use the View menu, or specify a zoom factor directly in the zoom factor area at the bottom left of the QuarkXPress main window.

 

Add Textbox

When this button is depressed, any click and drag operation will delineate the boundary of a new textbox which will be created as soon as you release your left mouse button. Note that once a textbox has been created, it can be changed to a picturebox using the Item/Contents menu item.

Add Picturebox

When this button is depressed, any click and drag operation will delineate the boundary of a new picturebox which will be created as soon as you release your left mouse button. Note that once a picturebox has been created, it can be changed to a textbox using the Item/Contents menu item.

Add Line

When this button is depressed, any click and drag operation will delineate the boundary of a new line object which will be created as soon as you release your left mouse button.

Add Perpendicular Line

When this button is depressed, any click and drag operation will delineate the boundary of a new perpendicular line object which will be created as soon as you release your left mouse button. Perpendicular line objects are very useful to use the mouse to draw lines that are garanteed to be exactly vertical or exactly horizontal.

Apply Link

When this button is depressed, any textboxes that you click on will be linked together, in the order in which you click on them.

Remove Link

When this button is depressed, clicking on any textbox will displays arrows corresponding to any links it has to other textboxes. To remove these links, click on the bottom of the arrow (not the pointed part).

 

 

Note that the QuarkXPress user interface, particularly the tools palette, is quite sluggish, even on the most recent workstations. You should therefore give QuarkXPress a second or so to adjust after you click on any button. Otherwise you may experience weird effect such as clicking on the Zoom button and actually getting the behavious associated with the Rotation button.


Topic 172240 updated on 06-Jul-2003.
Topic URL: http://www.qppstudio.net/webhelp/index.html?palettes.htm