Moving Objects

To move an object with the mouse: Select an object with the Object tool and drag the object. Hold down Shift to constrain movement to horizontal, vertical and 45 directions. If Snap-to-Grid or Snap-to-Guides are selected in the Layout menu, the object will be aligned with the closest grid point or guides. To move multiple objects, select all of them and then drag any one of them.

Only the object's bounding box will be displayed if you drag without pausing. To see the object's outline, hold down the mouse button and wait until the pointer changes to a four-way arrow before moving the mouse.

NoteYou must drag an object at least 3 pixels before it will start to move. This prevents you from moving an object accidentally. If you wish to move an object only a couple of pixels, drag the object until it starts moving and then drag it back to the desired position.

To move an object a precise amount: Choose Move from the Object menu to display the Move dialog box. Enter the amount to move the selected object. Select Snap to Grid and Guides to snap the object after moving it. Click OK.

To move an object with the Edit Palette: Enter new top and left coordinates, or add the move amount to the current coordinates. For example, enter 3.31"-2.25 to move an object 2.25" to the left when the current value is 3.31".

To nudge an object: Press an arrow key to move the selected object. Hold down Shift while nudging to move it 10% of the normal nudge amount.

NoteChoose Preferences from the File menu to display the Preferences dialog box. Click on the Drawing panel to set the default nudge amount.

To move an object to another page: Choose Move to Page from the Object menu to display the Move to Page dialog box. Enter a page number and click OK.


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  created:2006-03-10 16:50:17   last updated:2006-08-07 17:38:35
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There are two ways to move objects with the Object tool. The fast way shows only the objects' bounding box, while the slower method shows the outlines of each object.

If you drag an object immediately after holding down the mouse button, you will see only the objects' bounding box. If you pause before dragging the object after holding down the mouse button, (wait until after the mouse pointer changes to a 4 way arrow before moving the mouse), the actual outlines of the selected objects will be shown.