Lesson 1 - InDesign Work Area, Tools, Palettes

Designed for those new to Adobe InDesign, if you've used the program for a while in a hit or miss fashion, going back to the basics may be worthwhile for you as well.

In the first lesson of the Adobe InDesign Basics class, Elisabetta reviews the Work Area, Tools, and Palettes that make up the main screen.

Although written for CS2/3, many of these basic tools will work much the same in newer editions of InDesign

Navigating This Lesson:

The first lesson is a 10-step walk-through of:

  • The Work Area
  • The Menu Bar
  • The Control Palette (2 parts)
  • The Other Palettes (2 parts)
  • The Tools Palette (3 parts)
  • Contextual Menus
Navigation among the 10 steps in Lesson 1 is found at the bottom of each step. The links in the sidebar labeled "Further Reading on Software Basics" are optional supporting material and are not part of the primary course material.

Lesson 1 - Work Area, Menu, Palettes:

Now, let's take a look at the tutorial for this lesson:


While there is no assignment to complete and turn in at this point, you'll get the most from this lesson if you open up Adobe InDesign and click on the menu items and palettes as you read through each of the 10 steps in this tutorial.

For example, in Step 3 The Control Palette, Part 1 draw a black box in the middle of your screen as shown in the accompanying illustration and use your control palette as described to manipulate the placement and size of the box.

Next Steps:

All done? You can either:

  1. Continue to Lesson 2 - How to Set Up Documents in InDesign CS
  2. Go Back to the Adobe InDesign Basics Class Outline

This course will not be continued after Lesson 5 (Tools). Watch the blog or sign up for the About.com Desktop Publishing newsletter for news on when all new tutorials are added.