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Chapter 4. WORKING WITH OBJECTS > Moving and Resizing Objects

Moving and Resizing Objects

The simplest way to position an object on a page is to drag it to a new position.

To move an object by dragging:

1.
Choose the Selection tool in the Toolbox.

2.
Click the object you want to move. A bounding box with eight handles appears around the object . This indicates the object is selected.

Figure 4.9. The bounding box for a selected object.


3.
Position the Selection tool on the edges of the bounding box (but not the handles of the bounding box).

Tip

If an object has a fill color, gradient, or image inside it, you can drag the Selection tool directly inside the object. Otherwise, you must drag the stroke or bounding box.

4.
Drag to move the object.

Tip

Hold the Option/Alt key down to both move and create a copy of the object.


You can also use the bounding box handles to change the dimensions of the object visually.

To resize an object by dragging:

1.
Choose the Selection tool.

2.
Drag one of the handles of the bounding box. Decide which handle to drag based on the following options:

  • Drag the corner handles to change both the width and height.

  • Drag the top or bottom handles to change the height only.

  • Drag the left or right handles to change the width only.

Tip

Hold down the Shift key as you drag a corner to keep the original proportions of the width and height.


Warning: Watch Out When You Scale or Shear!

Scaling or shearing can change the shape of objects as well as their contents. For instance, if you scale up a text frame 150%, the point size also increases 150%. In InDesign 1.0, the changes do not show in the Character palette. In version 1.5, the size that the text will print at is indicated in parenthesis .

Figure 4.10. The text point size displays a parenthesis that shows the size that the text will print when a text block has been sealed.


Similar changes happen to strokes applied to objects. The size of the stroke weight can change but the change is not shown in the Stroke palette.

Unless you are very sure of what you are doing, it is a good idea to avoid scaling or shearing text or strokes. However, there is no problem resizing an object using the bounding box handles.


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