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Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)

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  1. Use the Selection tool for general layout tasks, such as positioning, rotating, and resizing objects. Use the Direct Selection tool for tasks involving editing paths or frames; for example, to move an anchor point on a path or to select objects within a group and change their color.
  2. To resize a graphics frame and its content simultaneously, select the frame with the Selection tool, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), and then drag a handle. Add the Shift key while dragging to maintain the object’s and content’s proportions. Alternatively, you can enable the Auto-Fit feature for a selected graphics frame and resize it without the need to hold down the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) key.
  3. To rotate a graphic within a frame, use the Selection tool to select the graphic within the frame by clicking within the content grabber. Then position the pointer slightly outside any of the four corner handles and drag to rotate the graphic.
  4. To select an object within a group, use the Selection tool (selectiontool.jpg) to select the group, and then click the Select Content button (selectcontentbutton.jpg) in the Control panel to select one object in the group. You can then click the Select Previous Object or Select Next Object button to select different objects in the group. You can also select an object in a group by clicking the object with the Direct Selection tool (directselectiontool.jpg) or double-clicking it with the Selection tool.