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InDesign's Top 10 Type Tools

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For all its complexity and sophistication, Adobe InDesign CS2 is a remarkably simple and intuitive program to use. That said, unless you're working with it on a regular basis, some of its features may go unnoticed or misunderstood. Some of InDesign's most important typographic tools are buried away in submenus; some have arcane or intimidating-sounding names; others require little user interaction and are easy to overlook. Nigel French discusses his favorite type features in InDesign that you never knew you needed, but soon will not be able to live without.

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8 Show Custom Tracking/Kerning

Turning on this Composition preference enables you to see instantly where you (or anyone else in your workgroup) have applied custom tracking, most likely for the purpose of tracking back a line to fix widows and orphans or to save space. This can be enormously beneficial if you suspect that one of your (less-typographically sensitive) colleagues has been using tracking a bit too zealously, or if the text content has been revised and the tracking that you had previously (reluctantly) applied is now no longer needed.

Figure 08a Figure 08b

Figure 8a and 8b Check the Custom Tracking/Kerning box in the Composition preference to make it easy to spot where tracking or kerning has been applied (B).

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