Be more specific. What kind of object are you trying to scale? If you want content to scale, you also need to hold down the Cmd/Ctrl key as well as the Shift key.
Personally, I never got into the habit of using the Scale tool as it seems superflous. If you use the Selection tool (Black arrow) and hold Cmd or Ctrl (press the key first on Windows before you click) then drag, tthe conten of the frame will resize with the frame. Add the Shift key to resize proportionally.
I've been using InDesign for years and never knew that. Aaargh!
Thanks for the help.
I've been having problems with this ever since I switched to CS4.
I don't know exactly how it's different from my older version but I never used to have a problem with it.
I only started trying to use the scaling tool because I was having trouble doing it with the selection tool.
I'm really retired now and only do an occasional job so I'm not using it on a day to day basis which makes it harder to remember this stuff.
Waht's differnt is something happened in Windows so that scaling only works right if you press the Ctrl key before you click the mouse. If you don't it gets ignored and the content doesn't resize. I reported the bug at the time, but it lives on.
Do you know where I can set the reference point for the scale proportional command? I upgraded from CS4, where I could drag a corner to scale proportionally. However, in CS6, when I hold down Cmd+Opt+Shift (Mac), it is only allowing me to scale from the center. I haven't been able to find any preferences to set this -- nor does it respond to when I set the "reference point" in the upper left of the tool bar. Any help would be appreciated.
Adding the Option key when scaling always scales from the center. Just use Cmd+Shift on the Mac to scale proportionally.
Thank you Steve! I don't know where that extra +option came from, but you just saved me a lot of sanity!
btw this doesn't work in ID CC 2015. The following combos on mac + mouse drag enable me to drag to any proportion:
None of the tried and true combos do anything. This is rough.
When modifier keys like Shift don't work, it's almost always because of confliciting third-party software on your computer. There can be many sources but currently it's mostly likely because of browser plug-ins (Chrome seems to be popular).
To test, this reboot your computer. Launch InDesign first before any other software. See if the problem reoccurs. Then as you open other software, observe when the problem re-occurs.