Screen real estate has always been an issue for InDesign users–we love to have all the panels we need open and accessible, but it’s hard to keep up with all that clutter.

The new Properties panel added in InDesign CC 2019, similar to the existing Control panel, provides users with easy access to specific controls needed for the current task or workflow. It is organized into groups and changes depending on what is selected in the document. For example, if an image is selected, the panel shows controls for a Linked File and displays Transform, Appearance, Align, Text Wrap, and Frame Fitting sections, as well as several Quick Action buttons.

The Properties panel is available by default in the Essentials workspace or opens by selecting Window>Properties.

No Selection

If there is nothing selected in the document, the Properties panel will display page-related controls including document setup, margins, Adjust Layout, rulers, grids, and guides.

More Options in Properties Panel

Any sections that have more options than shown in the Properties panel will have an ellipsis at the bottom that when clicked will reveal them. Clicking the ellipsis a second time will collapse the options window.

Check out our handbook, Using Adobe InDesign CC 2019, to learn more!


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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.