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Object Manipulation

Position an Object Precisely

Why won't my objects move where I tell them to move? I select a frame and enter “2in” in the X Position field of the Control or Transform palette, meaning I want the object two inches in from the left of the page. Crystal clear, right? But when I click out of the field, the object apparently moves where it wants to; sometimes it even hangs way off into the left pasteboard. I've checked the 0/0 marker of the rulers and they're in the default location (upper left corner of my document), so that can't be it.


You're a recent QuarkXPress convert, aren't you? You can always tell the type, as they always assume those X and Y coordinates define the upper-left corner of an object. Hey, we've been there. You need to pay attention to the object proxy icon (seen on both the Control and Transform palettes). InDesign looks to this proxy to figure out which part of the object you're referring to when you ask it to transform (move, rotate, resize, and so on). There are 9 possible orientation points on the proxy: the four corners, the center of each of the four edges, and the center of the object (Figure 2-13).



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