Use Notes to Hide Text in InDesign
What if you’re working in InDesign (or InCopy), and decide to delete a big chunk of text that you’ve ever-so-carefully crafted? You don’t really want to delete it, do you? What if you decide later that you want to include it after all?
One real slick way to deal with this is to use the Notes feature of InDesign/InCopy. First, select the text you want to delete.
Then press command-F8 (Mac) or ctrl-F8 (Windows). Or, if you’re a glutton for punishment, choose Type > Notes > Convert to Note. This will convert the text into a note. The text will disappear, replaced by a tiny hourglass-shaped symbol.
To see the text in the note at any time, just click on the note symbol with the Type tool, and the Notes panel will appear on your screen and show you the contents of the note. Or, view the story in the Story Editor where you can see the full text of the note.
If you decide later that you want to convert the note back to visible text, just select the note by clicking to the right of the note with the Type tool, and holding down the shift key and pressing the left-arrow key once…
…and then press command-F8 (Mac) or ctrl-F8 (Windows) again.
Just think of the poetry Robert Frost could have created if he’d had InDesign and the Notes feature!