I know that you can change the preview mode background color in Preferences>Guides and Pasteboards. When I was working on a document, without going into preferences, my preview mode (shortcut: W) randomly turned black. I am assuming I pressed some keyboard shortcut accidentally or it was a glitch? I went into the Preferences to change the color back to gray, and the background was now set as Black, even though I did not change it in Preferences originally. Anyone know what's up?
This video shows how to change the preview mode, not the presentation mode.
When you hit "W" if your background colour is too bright or dark for your document you can change it here.
Shift+W enters InDesign's Presentation Mode which displays a black screen with the InDesign document centered...
Any tools, menus or panels on the primary monitor are also hidden.
You can use the Arrow Keys to flip through document pages in Presentation Mode.
To turn off Presentation mode, hit Shift+W again or ESC.
If you have an older version like CS6 you are able to change the background color to white, black or gray in the preview mode just by hitting the corresponding letter. If you wanted to preview with a white background you would use key, W or if you wanted to see it with a black background you would use key, B.
JUST PRESS “W" - it will go back to normal. Happened to me because I meant to press “SHIFT + W" - to go into Full Screen Mode - but I missed the “Shift.”
“W" alone puts you into Preview Display Mode. Suddenly the pasteboard goes neutral gray and all non-printing objects (guides, stuff hanging off the edge of the page, etc.) disappear.
I do it about once ever 6 months and it drives me nuts trying to remember how to fix it, so now I have it written down : )
This happens to me too from time to time when I switch between the active, preview, and presentation mode. I've googled this many times and have not found any shortcuts for this which makes me believe it's just a weird glitch. It also seems like it's worse when I haven't updated inDesign and I need to. I just have to manually set it back :/