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General Layout Panel Actions

All panel types can be manipulated in similar ways using tools in the Toolbox. In this section, you will choose panel types, add elements to panels, and change one panel type to another.

To make a panel active:

  1. Draw a layout panel of any type on the Artboard.
  2. From the Toolbox, choose the Selection tool.
  3. Double-click the panel. A yellow outline appears, to indicate that the panel is selected (Figure 4.1).
    Figure 4.1

    Figure 4.1 A yellow selection outline appears around the layout panel.

To add an element to a panel:

  1. Draw both an object and a layout panel on the Artboard.
  2. From the Toolbox, choose the Selection tool.
  3. Click the object and drag it to the layout panel. A dotted line outlines the layout panel, and a tooltip, "ALT-drag to place into," appears (Figure 4.2). Hold down the alt.jpg key while dragging the control to place the object in the layout panel.
    Figure 4.2

    Figure 4.2 The tooltip displayed over the layout panel.

To change a panel type:

  1. Draw a layout panel on the Artboard.
  2. From the Toolbox, choose the Selection tool.
  3. Right-click the layout panel and choose Change Layout Type. From the context menu, choose the new layout type (Figure 4.3).
    Figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3 The context menu for a layout panel.

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