iWork ’09: Opening Multiple Inspector Windows

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When I’m working with integrated text and graphics in Pages, I often find myself needing to go back and forth between various settings in the Inspector window. Fortunately, Apple (in their infinite wisdom) provided a way to have multiple Inspectors open at once. Because of their non-infinite wisdom, though, it’s not easy to figure out how.

To do so, just hold down the Option key when you click on one of the tabs at the top of the window, and that collection of settings will open in its own Inspector. 

Use the tabs across the top to access more settings, each in its own window (if you’d like).

 

This also works in Numbers and Keynote, thank goodness. It’s this kind of stuff that keeps me sane. And really, that’s such a fine line for me that every little bit helps.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Thanks Mellisa, that is a handy tip.

Michael Cohen

You say, “it?s not easy to figure out how” to open multiple Inspectors. However, there is a visible menu command for it: View > New Inspector. The option click is a shortcut gesture for this visible command and is a great tip, but the command isn’t hidden.

Laurie Fleming

You may say that, but I, having used Pages for many years, didn’t know about it.

What Sir Harry said?

Melissa Holt

The option click is a shortcut gesture for this visible command and is a great tip, but the command isn?t hidden.

Hey Michael,

I didn’t mean to imply that this is the only way to open multiple Inspector windows, but I certainly see how it could’ve been taken that way. In any case, I appreciate you adding your thoughts to the discussion?your comment will certainly help someone out who doesn’t like using keyboard shortcuts, for example. smile

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