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Using the Transform Commands

In addition to the transform tools and transform fields, there are a whole bunch of transform commands you can use on objects. These commands make it easy to perform commonly used transformations, such as rotating and flipping objects.

To rotate with the Transform commands:

  1. Select an object or objects.
  2. Click to open the Transformation panel menu.

    or

    Choose Object > Transform.

  3. Choose one of the rotation settings as follows square_47.gif:

    • Rotate 90° CW (clockwise).
    • Rotate 90° CCW (counter-clockwise).
    • Rotate 180°.
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    square_47.gif The effects of rotating objects using the Transform submenu.

To flip objects using the Transform commands:

  1. Select an object or objects.
  2. Click to open the Transform panel menu.

    or

    Choose Object > Transform.

  3. Choose one of the flip settings as follows square_48.gif:

    • Flip Horizontal.
    • Flip Vertical.
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    square_48.gif The effects of flipping objects using the Transform submenu.

When you perform a transformation on an object, that transformation is stored in InDesign’s memory. You can then perform the same transformation again on another object—even in another document! This is similar to Illustrator’s Transform Again command.

To repeat transformations:

  1. Use any of the transform commands on a selection.
  2. Select a different object or objects.
  3. Choose one of the following from the Object > Transform Again submenu.

    • Transform Again applies the last single transform command to the selection as a whole square_49.gif.

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      square_49.gif The Transform Again command allows you to duplicate transformation commands applied to objects.

    • Transform Again Individually applies the last single transform command to each object in the selection square_50.gif.

      04-transform-a_1.jpg

      square_50.gif The differences between the Transform Again command and the Transform Again Individually when applied to multiple objects.

    • Transform Sequence Again applies the last set of transformation commands to the selection as a whole.
    • Transform Sequence Again Individually applies the last set of transformation commands to each object in the selection.
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