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Chapter 4. Working with Objects > Using the Arrange Commands

Using the Arrange Commands

Objects in InDesign are layered on top of one another in the same order they were created. (This is sometimes called the stacking order.) The first object created is behind the second, the second behind the third, and so on. Though you may not see the layering when objects are side by side, it is apparent when they overlap .

When two objects overlap, it is obvious which object is in front of the other.

Tip

The layering of objects is not the same as the layers of a document. (See Chapter 11, “Layers,” for more information on working with layers.)


The Arrange commands allow you to move objects through the stacking order.

To move up or down one level in a stack:

1.
Select the object you want to move.

2.
Choose Object > Arrange > Bring Forward to move the object in front of the next object in the stacking order .

The effects of the Bring Forward command.

or

Choose Object > Arrange > Send Backward to move the object behind the next object in the stacking order .

The effects of the Send Backward command.

To move up or down the entire stack:

1.
Select an object you want to move.

2.
Choose Object > Arrange > Bring to Front to move the object in front of all the others in its layer .

The effects of the Bring to Front command.

or

Choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back to move the object behind all the others in its layer .

The effects of the Send to Back command.

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