5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 11, 2015 2:48 PM by cluck.cluck

    Problems with Direct Select tool

    Pablo28282

      Maybe I'm just dumb or something but the Direct Select tool is just broken.

       

      1. When trying to move points ( remember this is the direct select tool - it's only function!) It moves the entire object unless you perfectly hover and wait over the point.

      2. When trying to select a point you grab the placed image inside the frame.

       

      Shouldn't it work EXACTLY like it does in Illustrator? If I click on an object the entire thing selects then I can move it if I wish. But the cursor seems to snap to the point so much better in illustrator!

       

      If I want to move the image inside the frame I wouldn't be using the Direct Select Tool. I'd by using the select tool. Moving the image shouldn't even be an option when using this tool.

       

      This is probably the most frustrating part of Indesign. Please fix this.

        • 1. Re: Problems with Direct Select tool
          Fede Gianni Level 3

          no, illustrator is another program, and the white cursor dont need any fix, you can drag a rectangle to select the point (or points) you need to move. and is very useful when you move the image inside the frame.

          • 2. Re: Problems with Direct Select tool
            Pablo28282 Level 1

            When I use the direct select tool I'm using it only to select points. That is it. It should be as easy as possible. This tool is incredibly frustrating to use when a frame has an image inside of it. It shouldn't be able to select and move an image. That is not the point of the tool.  I'm not sure if it's a CC thing or what but I don't remember ever having an issue in Indesign 1, 2, CS3, CS4 or CS5.

            • 3. Re: Problems with Direct Select tool
              John Mensinger Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Your frustration is understandable. Anchor point selection is unforgiving in InDesign, especially when compared to Illustrator with Smart Guides, although I wouldn't call it "broken."

               

              I suspect most InDesign users don't do enough "path editing" on their InDesign pages for there to be an outcry over this.

              Pablo28282 wrote:

               

              It shouldn't be able to select and move an image. That is not the point of the tool.

              That's always been a function of the Direct Select tool. Simply, if you're aiming for an anchor point and select the frame's content instead, you've missed the point. <rimshot>

               

              There's nothing broken, and no advice to offer, other than zoom in further, slow down, and keep an eye on the pointer cues which change when the pointer is over an anchor point. I suppose it's also possible you could make adjustments to your mouse/input device settings that might help you move and click more precisely.

              • 4. Re: Problems with Direct Select tool
                Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                White tool selected

                 

                CTRL (CMD) click on image

                 

                Select your points

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                • 5. Re: Problems with Direct Select tool
                  cluck.cluck

                  I always have the same problem as well. There's gotta be a way to easily select a corner or anchor that I want to drag somewhere else!