The unique InCopy workspace

The InCopy workspace resembles that of InDesign in many ways, with the ability to dock panels to the left and right sides of the workspace. But InCopy offers a unique addition to panel docking, allowing users to dock some panels to the top and bottom of the workspace as well. This can easily be seen if you make the Essentials workspace active. You’ll notice that in addition to the Command bar at the top of the screen, the  Character and Paragraph panels are docked there as well.

Command Bar

To undock one of these panels, click on the Gripper area of the toolbar and drag down into the document area, the panel expands into a floating panel.

Gripper area of toolbar

The Gripper area of the toolbar

 

Character panel

The same panel as a floating panel 

To dock a floating panel to these areas, drag the tab of the panel up or down until you see a blue vertical bar appear. When it does, release your mouse and the panel will dock at that location.

Not all panels can do this. There are a chosen group of panels that are blessed with this behavior. These panels include:

  • Change Info
  • Copyfit Info
  • Galley & Story Appearance
  • Character Styles
  • Paragraph Styles
  • Character
  • Paragraph
  • Swatches
  • Track Changes

The interesting thing about this behavior is that InCopy is quite flexible about how many panels can be docked in these designated areas. You can actually create multiple rows of these toolbars at the top and bottom of the screen opening up your workspace possibilities exponentially!

The rhyme and reason behind which panels can dock at the top and bottom of the workspace and which panels can’t, seems to pertain to panels that can logically display information in this limited area. For example, how would you easily display swatches in one of those areas? Either way, taking advantage of InCopy’s unique docking behavior can really streamline your workspace.  If you have a unique way that you take advantage of InCopy’s workspace, we’d love to hear about it! You can tell us in the comments below!

 

2 thoughts on “The unique InCopy workspace

  1. I have a question, not a solution. I would like my InCopy files to open in Layout, not Story view, but I can’t find anywhere in Preferences to make Layout the default. What am I missing?

  2. Hi Thomas, this is a great question and one that’s not very obvious to the user. Anne-Marie wrote a great post about InCopy defaults that you can read here http://incopysecrets.com/personalize-incopys-defaults.php that includes how to set your default view. Essentially with no document open, choose View > Layout to set the default when opening InCopy stories/layouts/assignments. In Anne-Marie’s post, she discusses several great tips on setting defaults in InCopy.

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