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How to Use the Free Transform Tool in InDesign CS6 Documents

The multipurpose Free Transform tool in Adobe InDesign lets you transform objects in different ways. Using the Free Transform tool, you can move, rotate, shear, reflect, and scale objects.

The functions of the Free Transform Tool are represented in InDesign by different cursors.


To move an object by using the Free Transform tool, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Selection tool to select an object on the page.

    You can use an object that’s already on the page or create a new shape by using the drawing tools. When the object is selected, you see handles around its edges.

  2. Select the Free Transform tool from the Tools panel.

    The cursor changes to the Free Transform tool.

  3. Move the cursor over the middle of the selected object.

    The cursor changes its appearance to indicate that you can drag to move the object. If you move the cursor outside the edges of the object, the cursor changes when other tools, such as rotate, scale, and shear, become active.

  4. Drag the object to a different location.

    The object is moved to a new location on the page.

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