When you open InDesign for the first time and create a new document, it's helpful to get oriented to the work area. Your blank page is in Fit In Window view, which shows the entire page as well as the pasteboard. The pasteboard is the area you can see in the workspace that is not part of the page itself. The pasteboard can be used to hold items like graphics and page elements you want to "store" off the page as you work with your design.
Scrollbars are on the right and bottom of the page to help you move around your page. Rulers are at the top and left of the page. At the bottom of your document window, you see the current display percentage, a pop-up menu, arrows that enable you to navigate from page to page, and information about the current Version Cue state.
The Tool palette is open at the upper-left corner of the workspace. This is the one palette you will most likely always have openyou learn more about the tools in the next chapter. The Control palette is docked to the top of the window, below the menus. This is another important palette with many uses that will probably always be open in your workspace.
Finally, you see numerous tabs to the right of the workspace; these are palettes that are collapsed along the side. The Pages palette opens by default, with the Layers palette and Info palette grouped in the same space. Click a palette tab to expand it and/or bring it to the front of a group of palettes. Click again to collapse the palette back to the right side of the screen.
Now that you've had a brief introduction to InDesign, you're ready to take a look at its features and functions in the chapters that follow.