Editing objects

 

Object selection

Use these shortcuts to select objects on the current page.

Task

Keyboard shortcut

Select a text line or text frame

Press Control and click the text line or text frame

Extend or shorten the selection

Press and click an object

Force selection border to appear (when dragging from outside all objects is not possible)

Press Control+ and drag diagonally

Select the first object in the draw order

Esc o Shift+f

Select the next object in the draw order

Esc o n

Extend the selection to the next object in the draw order

Esc o e

Deselect a text frame or text line and put the insertion point inside it instead

Double-click in the text frame or text line

Object manipulation

Task

Keyboard shortcut

Move an object horizontally or vertically

Press and drag the object

Maintain an object’s proportions while resizing

Press and drag a corner handle

Pick up the properties of the currently selected object in the Tools palette

Esc g Shift+o, or press and choose Pick up Object Properties from the Graphics menu

Display the reshape handle and control points for the line, polyline, polygon, or freehand curve currently selected

Esc g r, Control+r, Control+Shift+r

Move the control point horizontally or vertically

Press and drag the control point

Change the curve on only one side of a reshape handle (crimp curve)

Drag the control point with the right mouse button

Run text around the contour of a selected graphic

Esc g w

Run text around the bounding box of a selected graphic

Esc g Shift+w

Turn text runaround off for a selected graphic

Esc g q

Quick-copy a selected object

Press Alt and drag the object

Turn display of graphics off or on

Esc v v

Add a reshape handle and control points

Press Control and click a line, polyline, polygon, or freehand curve with reshape handles and control points currently displayed

Delete a reshape handle

Press Control and click the reshape handle

Drag and drop between open or applications

Drag (Control-drag to copy)

Object movement

Use these shortcuts to move selected objects.

To move objects

Keyboard shortcut

One point in specified direction (at 100 percent zoom setting)

Alt+arrow key

Six points in specified direction (at 100 percent zoom setting)

Alt+Shift+arrow key

Object alignment

If only one object is selected, the object is aligned to the page or to the anchored or graphic frame that encloses the object.

To align object along

Keyboard shortcut

Tops

Esc j t, Control+F1

Top/bottom centers

Esc j m,Control+F2

Bottoms

Esc j b, Control+F3

Left sides

Esc j l (lowercase L)

Left/right centers

Esc j c

Right sides

Esc j r

Object rotation

Task

Keyboard shortcut

Rotate 90 degrees clockwise

Esc g plus

Rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise

Esc g minus

Rotate precisely by using the Rotate Selected Objects dialog box

Esc g t

Rotate again

Esc g x

Return object to its unrotated orientation (zero degrees)

Esc g zero

Rerotate object from its unrotated orientation to its previous orientation

Esc g one

Set the current orientation of an object as the new unrotated orientation

Esc g 9

Rotate an object arbitrarily

Press Alt and drag a corner or reshape handle

Constrain rotation to 45-degree increments

Press Alt+ and drag a corner or reshape handle

Rotate a page clockwise

Esc p Shift+o

Rotate a page counterclockwise

Esc p o

Unrotate a page

Esc p Shift+u

Graphic frames

Task

Keyboard shortcut

Shrink-wrap an anchored frame (shrink the frame to an object and position the frame at the insertion point)

Esc m p

Unwrap an anchored frame (enlarge the frame)

Esc m e

Rename a selected reference frame

Click frame name in status bar


September 30, 2016

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