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Chapter 2. Top Ten “Gotchas” for PageMak... > “I can select items in a stack, but ...

“I can select items in a stack, but when I try to move a lower item, the top one is selected again.”

We’ve already seen that PageMaker and InDesign share a number of common features. This is no accident, as common features allow for an easier transition from one program to the other. The following technique has been a favorite of PageMaker users for years, and now it’s available in InDesign.

To click through (and select) individual stacked items on an InDesign page, simply hold down your Command/Ctrl key while clicking repeatedly on the top item in the stack. With each click, InDesign selects the next item down in the stack. (Be sure, however, to click on an area where the objects are overlapping). You can then move your cursor to drag that lower item to a new location. (Remember not to release the mouse button until you’re done moving it). If you do release the mouse button too soon, don’t fret: You can still move the object by dragging its centerpoint “handle.”


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