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Chapter 1. Workspace > Place Icons

Place Icons

When you place (that is, import) a file, InDesign changes the cursor into an icon called a “place icon,” or “place gun” (see Figure 1-92). You can click the place icon to specify the position of the upper-left corner of the incoming file, or you can drag the place icon to define the width and height of the file.

  • To “unload” a place icon without placing the file, click the place icon on any of the tools in the toolbox. Or press Command-Z/Ctrl-Z to undo the place operation.

  • If you had a frame selected, InDesign places the file in that object. This is, in general, a very useful feature, but it can sometimes mean that imported files end up in frames you didn’t want to fill with the file. When this happens to you, press Command-Z/Ctrl-Z (or choose Undo from the Edit menu), and InDesign will display the loaded place icon. Now you can click or drag the place icon to place the file.


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