Selecting, grouping, and moving objects
To select objects
can select an object by using familiar mouse and keyboard methods:
To select a single object, click the Select Tool button
in the toolbar and click the object.
To select multiple objects, Ctrl+click each of the objects
you want to select or lasso (drag the pointer over) the objects
you want to select.
To select all objects, select Edit > Select All.
To select all static objects, select Edit > Select All
To select all fields, select Edit > Select All Fields.
To select objects using the Hierarchy palette
Hierarchy palette assists with the selection and manipulation of
When you select an object in the Hierarchy palette,
the object is selected in the form simultaneously. However, when
you make a selection in the Hierarchy palette, all keystrokes (for
example, F2 or Shift+click) are directed to the Hierarchy palette
until you work in the form again.
the Hierarchy palette, select Window > Hierarchy.
To select a single object in the Hierarchy palette, click
To select multiple adjacent objects in the Hierarchy palette,
click the first object and then Shift+click the last object.
To select multiple non-adjacent objects in the Hierarchy
palette, Ctrl+click each of the objects.
To select a group of objects in the Hierarchy palette, click
the group node.
Note: If you select an
item in the Hierarchy palette and click the Design View tab, the object
is selected on the form design, and you can also use the keyboard
to manipulate the selected object.
To group and ungroup objects
can group and ungroup objects by using the Layout menu, the Hierarchy palette,
or the Layout toolbar:
To group objects, in the form design or Hierarchy palette,
select the objects you want to group and then either select Layout
> Group or click Group .
To ungroup objects, in the form design or Hierarchy palette,
select the group of objects you want to ungroup and then either
select Layout > Ungroup or click Ungroup .
To add a new object to a group by using the mouse, in the
form design, drag the object to the group.
To add a new object to a group by using the Hierarchy palette,
drag the object to an existing group node.
To move objects
can move objects by dragging them with the mouse, using the arrow
keys on the keyboard, or entering precise values in the Layout palette.
To move or duplicate objects by pasting
or more objects.
Select Edit > Cut to move the selection or Edit > Copy
to duplicate the selection.
(Optional) To paste an object into another file, open the
Select Edit > Paste to paste the object into the active
To move an object by dragging it
Select one or more
Drag the object to a new location.
To move an object by using the arrow keys
one or more objects.
Press the arrow key for the direction in which you want to
move the object. The default distance is 1 point (1/72 of an inch,
or .3528 millimeter).
To move the object 10 points at once, press Shift+arrow.
To move objects by using x and y coordinates in the Layout palette
Select one or more objects.
In the Layout palette, enter new values in either the X or
the Y box, or both.
To stack objects
stacks successively drawn objects, beginning with the first object drawn.
How objects are stacked determines how they appear when they overlap. You
can change the stacking order of objects in your form design at
any time by using the arrange commands in the Layout menu.
Select the object.
Use one of these methods:
To bring the object
forward, select Layout > Bring Forward, or click Bring Forward .
To bring the object to the front, select Layout > Bring
To Front, or click Bring To Front .
To send an object backward, select Layout > Send Backward,
or click Send Backward .
To send an object to the back, select Layout > Send To
Back, or click Send To Back .
To lock objects
the objects in a form design prevents you from selecting, moving,
and editing the objects in the Layout Editor.
You can lock the following parts of your form design:
- Includes text in a text object or text in the captions of
objects. When you select Lock Text, you must double-click the appropriate
text or caption to edit it. This makes it not as easy to modify
the text. If Lock Text is not enabled, you click in the caption
or text object to start editing the text. Using Lock Text is particularly
useful if you want to select and move objects but not make any changes
to the text. You can single-click the object to select it, but you
must double-click the caption or text to make changes.
- Static objects
- Includes text, circles, lines, and rectangles.
- Field objects
- Includes buttons, check boxes, date/time fields, decimal
fields, signature fields, drop-down lists, image fields, list boxes,
numeric fields, paper forms barcodes, password fields, radio buttons,
and text fields.
After locking static objects and field objects,
you must unlock them to add new static objects and field objects.
lock commands are useful in situations when you have finished formatting specific
objects in the form design and want to continue working with other types
of objects. For example, your form includes a large number of text
field objects, as well as text objects that provide instructions
about filling the form. You have positioned and formatted all the
text objects and need to apply a different font to the text field
objects. You can easily do this by locking the text objects and
then using Edit > Select All Fields to select all the text field
objects at once and then change the font.
text, select Edit > Lock Text. To unlock text, select Edit >
To lock static objects, select Edit > Lock Static Objects.
To unlock static objects, select Edit > Lock Static Objects.
To lock fields, select Edit > Lock Fields. To unlock fields,
select Edit > Lock Fields.
To manipulate objects in a form design by selecting them in the Hierarchy palette
you have multiple overlaid objects in a form design, you can use
the Hierarchy palette to select and manipulate an object. This may
be easier than selecting the object directly on the form design.
In the Hierarchy palette, click the object you want to
manipulate. The object will be selected in the Hierarchy palette
and on the form design.
Click the Design View tab.
Use the keyboard to manipulate the object on the form design.
For example, to nudge an object 2 points, press the arrow key twice
for the direction you want to move the object. The object on the
form design will move in the required direction.