Adobe InDesign Tools Palette
Selects entire objects (lines, shapes, text and graphic frames) and allows you to move and resize these objects.
Direct Selection Tool
Selects the contents of a frame (such as a placed graphic) and allows selection of points on a path to reshape frames.
Draws strait and curved paths using anchor points to create lines of shapes. Alternate: Add/Delete Anchor Point Tool or Convert Direction Point Tool
Creates text frames and selects text.
Type on a Path Tool
Creates and edits text on a path.
Draws a freeform path. Alternate: Smooth tool removes excess angles from a path. Erase tool deletes points on a path.
Draws a line segment.
Rectangle Frame Tool
Creates a square or rectangular placeholder. Alternate: Elipse and Polygon Frame Tools create other placeholder shapes.
Creates a square or rectangle. Althernate: Elipse Tool creates circles and ovals Polygon Tool creates multi-sided shapes.
Rotates Objects around a fixed point. Double click the Rotate button to enter an exact rotation angle.
Scales objects manually or by percentage around a fixed point. Double click Scale button to enter exact scale percentage.
Skews object around a fixed point.
Free Transform Tool
Rotates, scales or shears an object.
Samples color or type attributes from objects and applies them to other objects.
Measures distance between two points.
Adjusts the beginning and ending points and angles of gradients within objects.
Creates a button that performs an action when the document is exported to a Adobe PDF.
Splits a path, graphics frame, or empty text frame at any anchor point, or along any segment.
Moves the page view within the document window.
Increases and decreases the view magnification in the document window.
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