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Getting Some Control Over Screen Appearances of Elements!

Okay, in terms of non-printing screen elements, we've covered the guides, the grid, and the slices. Coming up soon will be selection edges (affectionately known as marching ants), Target Paths (which involve using the Pen tools, discussed in Chapter 6, "Using the Pen Tools"), two gandarks, a swozzle, and a pnuph. Okay, I'm exaggerating toward the end there; however, it's not funny when you've ganged up a bunch of screen aids and want to hide them from view in one fell swoop.

Adobe calls these screen elements "extras." To choose which of these extras will appear on a screen near you, choose View, Show, Show Extras Options to display the dialog box shown in Figure 3.16. (The figure also shows the shortcut key you can use to hide these elements.) The Show Extras Options dialog box lists the screen elements that you can hide if you choose.

Figure 3.16Figure 3.16 Uncheck the boxes of screen elements that are non-essential to your work. Elements that remain checked are displayed onscreen unless you turn them off by digging into the View menu.

If you uncheck an item, you cannot use the Ctrl(Command)+H shortcut to hide and show extras. So we recommend that you leave checked every screen element you regularly use. Then a simple Ctrl(Command)+H toggles the visibility and invisibility of the screen elements. Remember that by hiding a screen element, you are not deleting it; you're hiding it from view.

Let's hop over to Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks next.

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