The View Menu

The View Menu

After you create a project, the View menu (as shown in Figure) lets you control the display of items onscreen.

Figure: The View menu

The View menu also provides commands that control the display of positioning aids: guides, baseline grid, rulers, and invisibles (such as tabs and returns). It also lets you turn full-resolution previews off and on. You can toggle features on and off; if a command is active, its option changes from Show to Hide or a check mark appears next to its name.

Using the preset options

Menu commands in the View menu scale the project view to a set of sizes preset by QuarkXPress. The preset view options in the View menu are

  • Fit in Window (z+0 [zero] or Ctrl+0 [zero]): Fits the page into the area of the project window.

  • 50%: Displays the page at half its actual size.

  • 75%: Displays the page at three-fourths its actual size.

  • Actual Size (z+1 or Ctrl+1): Displays the page at actual size (100%). With this setting, depending on the physical size of your monitor, you may see only part of the page on-screen.

  • 200%: Displays the page at twice its actual size.

  • Thumbnails (Shift+F6): Displays miniature versions of the pages. Figure shows a thumbnail view of a layout.

View-changing tips and tricks

In addition to the view commands in the preceding section, QuarkXPress offers other ways of changing views. The following methods are very useful:

  • To increase the page view in 25-percent increments, select the Zoom tool. (It looks like a magnifying glass.) When you place the mouse pointer in the layout with the Zoom tool selected, the pointer changes to a magnifying glass. Each time you click the mouse button, the view increases in 25-percent increments up to a maximum of 800 percent. To decrease the page view in 25-percent increments, hold down the Option or Alt key as you click the mouse button.

  • To zoom in on a specific area, click the Zoom tool, select a corner of the area you want to zoom in on, hold down the mouse button, drag to the opposite corner of the specified area, and release the mouse button.

  • Another way to change your view is by using the View Percentage field in the bottom leftmost corner of the layout window. You can highlight the current value with the mouse and enter a new value in that field. A quicker way is to use the keyboard shortcut (Control+V or Ctrl+Alt+V) to highlight the current value, then enter a new view percentage (you don’t need to enter the % symbol) and press Enter or Return. For the thumbnail view, enter T instead of a percentage.


    You can change the increment for all these Zoom tool options from its default of 25 percent by making changes in the Preferences dialog box’s Tool pane.

  1. To access the Preferences dialog box, choose QuarkXPress Preferences on the Mac or EditPreferences in Windows.

    The Preferences dialog box opens.

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    Figure: The thumbnail view gives you a high-level look at a layout’s structure.

  2. In the Preferences dialog box, select Tools.

    The Tool Defaults pane appears.

  3. In the Tool Defaults pane, click the Zoom tool icon.

  4. In the Preferences dialog box, click the Modify button to open a dialog box that lets you change the zoom increment. Click OK to save the change.

Chapter 20 covers changing default layout and application preferences to gain still more control over the way QuarkXPress handles your projects.

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