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Chapter 1. Top Ten “Gotchas” for QuarkXP... > “Where are the Item and Content tool...

“Where are the Item and Content tools?”

InDesign replaces QuarkXPress’s Item and Content tools with three tools: the Selection tool, the Direct Selection tool, and the Type tool. These three tools offer more control, but they also take much more getting used to. For example, the Selection tool (the black arrow) is almost identical to the Item tool in XPress, but if you double-click with it on a text frame, InDesign automatically switches to the Type tool and places the cursor where you clicked.

The Direct Select tool (the white arrow) acts sort of like the Content tool when it comes to images (you use it to move an image inside a frame), but it also edits the shape of frames, just like in Illustrator. The Type tool not only lets you type and edit text, but you can even use it to drag out a text frame!


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