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Flipping

QuarkXPress lets you flip the contents of boxes using the Flip commands in the Style menu or the arrow icons on the Measurement palette, but it’s relatively difficult to flip (mirror) object shapes. In InDesign, you can flip an object with or without its content with commands on the Transform palette menu: Flip Horizontal (which flips objects left-to-right, across the Y axis), Flip Vertical (which flips the object top-to-bottom, across the X axis), or Flip Both (to flip the object across both axes).

You can also flip objects with the Selection tool by dragging one of the object’s bounding box handles across the object past the opposite side. Or, you can enter a negative value in the Scale X Percentage or Scale Y Percentage fields on the Transform palette. In all cases, InDesign flips the object based on the point of transformation (usually based on the Transform palette’s proxy).


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