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Drag-and-drop to create anchored objects in InDesign CS5.5

The words “easy” and “anchored objects” are rarely found in the same sentence. InDesign CS5.5 makes it possible. Anchored objects are common in EPUB/HTML workflows, and easy drag and drop of anchored frames has the potential to make life a lot simpler.

In InDesign CS5.5,  every selected frame (both text and graphic) shows a blue square near the top right corner.

Handle to drag objects to anchor them

Handle to drag objects to anchor them

 

 

  • Click the blue-square and drag it to the position in the story where you want the anchor it. The UI shows a bold “I” beam as you move the mouse through the text. Release to create the anchor.
Drop object at anchoring point

Drop object at anchoring point

 

  • Use the Shift key as a modifier to change the behavior to create an inline object. This action duplicates the cut and paste gesture you used in previous releases.
  • Use the Alt key as a modifier to open the Anchored Object Options dialog box.

InDesign CS5.5 also makes it easier for you to identify anchored objects. Anchored objects display an “Anchor” icon instead of the “blue square”.

Anchored object displays an "Anchor" icon

Anchored object displays an "Anchor" icon

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