#5. Using the Control Palette
The context-sensitive Control palette provides comprehensive options for editing whatever is currently selecteda graphics frame, text frame, text, table cells, and more. In fact, if you keep the Control palette open, you are unlikely to need many of InDesign's other palettes and dialog boxes. If you're a QuarkXPress user, you'll immediately recognize the Control palette's similarities with the Measurements palette.
Since the Control palette is so useful, you'll want to keep it handy.
The Control palette (Figures 5a5d) contains a variety of different panels that are specific to whatever you're editing. The panels switch automaticallyfor example, if you select a frame using the Selection tool, the Frame panel displays. The only time you have to make a choice is when you're formatting text: You can click the to display the Character panel or the to display the Paragraph panel.
Figure 5a. When text is selected, the Control palette displays either the Character or Paragraph panel. The Character panel lets you choose a font, size, leading, and other formats for highlighted characters.
Figure 5b. The Paragraph panel provides controls over alignment, indents, space between paragraphs, hyphenation, and more.
Figure 5c. When a text frame is selected, the Control palette lets you move it, resize it, rotate it, and change the number of columns.
Figure 5d. When a frame containing a graphic is selected, you can scale the graphic, automatically position it within the frame, and more.
As with the toolbox, point the mouse at any control on the Control palette to display its Tool Tip and find out what it does.