Similar to the Control panel –but much easier to work with– the Properties panel provides easy access to specific controls needed for the current task or workflow.

The key to the Properties panel is that the task specific content 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 by selecting Window>Properties to open it.

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.

Add the Properties panel to your workflow and see how easy access to task specific tools will make you more productive!

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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.