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How to Use the Smart Cursor in Adobe InDesign CS5

Subject Descriptors: InDesign CS5, Smart Cursor, Drag Image, Reference Point, Info Panel, Resize, Rotate, Free Transform, Turn Smart Cursor Off Application (Version): Adobe InDesign CS5 Task Description: Learn how to use the smart cursor in Adobe InDesign CS5 Tutorial Date: 5 June 2009, by Virinia Smith. Updated 29 June 2010

Drag an Image

When you click on and drag an image, a read-out next to your cursor will appear, giving the X and Y coordinates of the new position.

Select a Reference Point

By selecting a reference point, you determine the corner of your object for which the coordinates are given.

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Info Panel

The info panel, found under Window>Info, or F8, gives the X and Y coordinates of the cursor.

Resize an Image

When you resize an image, a "W" and "H" will appear, giving you the new width and height measurements of your object.

Rotate an Image

First select the Rotate tool on the left side of the screen. Then, as you rotate your object, the number of degrees will be given in a read-out. The same concept may be applied to the Free Transform tool.

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Turn the Smart Cursor Off

To turn the smart cursor off, go to Preferences>Interface, which is under Edit in a PC, InDesign in a Mac, and uncheck the box next to Show Transformation Values.

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