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Lesson 4. Importing and Editing Text > Drag and drop text editing

Drag and drop text editing

For misplaced words in your document, InDesign offers a Drag and Drop Text feature that allows you to move text within and between frames, layout windows, and documents. You’ll now use this utility to move text from one paragraph to another in your newsletter.

1.
Before attempting to move this type, choose Edit > Preferences > Type (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > Type (Mac OS). In the Drag and Drop Text editing section, make sure that the Enable in Layout View box is checked. This allows you to move text into and out of open document windows, and within documents in the Layout View. Click OK.

2.
In your document window, turn to page 5. Change your view so that you can comfortably read the paragraphs at the top of the first column.

3.
The word “therefore” was mistakenly placed at the end of the first paragraph. Using your Type tool (), drag to select this word.

4.
Without changing tools, rest your cursor on the highlighted word. You should see the cursor change to a new icon (). Click and drag the word to its correct location, to the right of the word “Skiing” in the first line of the second paragraph.

5.
When you release the mouse, “therefore” will have moved to the new location. (If you wanted to copy the word instead of moving it, you would have simply pressed the Opt/Alt key while dragging).

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