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Replicating Objects

There are several commands you can use to create duplicates of objects. Use the Copy command when you want to put the object on the clipboard so you can paste it somewhere else.

To copy objects:

  1. Select an object to copy.
  2. Choose Edit > Copy.

Use the Cut command to remove the object from the page so it can be pasted elsewhere.

To cut objects:

  1. Select an object to cut.
  2. Choose Edit > Cut.

Use the Paste command to see the contents of the clipboard.

To paste objects:

  • Choose Edit > Paste. The contents of the clipboard appear in the center of the window area square_14.gif.

    04_pasted_object.jpg

    square_14.gif The Paste command places the object in the center of the page.

    or

    Choose Edit > Paste in Place. The contents of the clipboard appear in the same location on the page as when they were originally selected.

The Duplicate command makes a copy without changing the contents of the clipboard.

To duplicate objects:

  1. Choose the object to duplicate.
  2. Choose Edit > Duplicate. The selected object appears on the page slightly offset from the original square_15.gif.

    04_duplicate_result.jpg

    square_15.gif The Duplicate command places the object slightly offset from the original.

You can also duplicate many objects at once.

To duplicate multiple objects:

  1. Choose an object.
  2. Choose Edit > Step and Repeat. The Step and Repeat dialog box appears square_16.gif.

    04_16stepandrepeatdialog.jpg

    square_16.gif Use the Step and Repeat dialog box to make multiple copies of an object positioned at specific horizontal and vertical intervals.

  3. In the Repeat Count field, enter the number of duplicates that you want to create in the top row.
  4. In the Horizontal Offset field, enter a distance for the horizontal space between duplicates.
  5. In the Vertical Offset field, enter a distance for the vertical space between duplicates.
  6. If desired, check the Preview box to see how your settings affect the objects.

  7. Click ok. The selected object is duplicated in the desired positions square_17.gif.

    04_step_2p_p6.jpg

    square_17.gif The Step and Repeat command created five copies of the first circle.

Step and Repeat can also create a grid square_18.gif.

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square_18.gif An example of how to use the Step and Repeat command to create a grid of objects.

To create a grid of objects:

  1. Set the Step and Repeat dialog box as follows:

    • In the Repeat Count field, enter the number of duplicates for the top row.
    • Enter the distance for the Horizontal Offset with the Vertical Offset as zero.
  2. Click ok to duplicate the objects.
  3. Select all the objects in the row, and set the Step and Repeat dialog box a second time:

    • In the Repeat Count field, enter the number for the additional rows.
    • Enter a distance for the Vertical Offset, with the Horizontal Offset as zero.
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