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Moving Objects

The simplest way to position an object on a page is to drag it to a new position, but you can also move objects by using menu and keyboard commands, or by typing specific numerical locations into a dialog box, as you’ll learn later in this chapter.

To move an object by dragging:

1.
Choose the Selection tool in the Toolbox.

2.
Click the object you want to move. A bounding box with eight handles appears around the object. This indicates the object is selected.

3.
Position the Selection tool on the edges of the bounding box (but not on the handles of the bounding box).

Tip

If an object has a fill color, gradient, or image inside it, you can drag with the Selection tool directly inside the object. Otherwise, you must drag by the stroke or bounding box.

4.
Drag to move the object. If you drag quickly, you will see only a bounding box preview of the object being moved .

Quickly drag to see the bounding box of the object being moved.

or

Press and pause for a moment before you drag the object. The pause lets you see a preview of the actual object as you move it .

Pause before you drag to see a preview of the object being moved.

You can also move an object more precisely. One way to do this is with the Move command in the Transform menu.

To use the Move command:

1.
Select the object or objects.

2.
Choose Object > Transform > Move. This opens the Move dialog box .

The Move dialog box gives you numerical controls for moving objects.

Tip

This command is also available in a contextual menu (see page 26).

Tip

Click the Preview checkbox to see the results of your actions as you enter numbers in the dialog box.

3.
Use the Horizontal and Vertical fields to move the object along those axes.

4.
Use the Distance field to move the object an absolute distance.

5.
Use the Angle field to set the angle along which the object moves.

6.
Check Move Content to also move any placed graphics.

7.
Click OK to move the original object.

or

Click Copy to create a duplicate of the object in the new position.

To copy an object as you drag:

1.
Hold the Opt/Alt key before you start the move.

2.
Move the object as described on the opposite page. A double-headed arrow indicates that a copy is being created .

The double-headed arrow indicates that a copy is being created of the moved object.

3.
Release the mouse button. The copy will appear in the new position.

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