12 Replies Latest reply on Feb 28, 2018 1:02 PM by Laubender

    InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points

    austinh41648379

      My Direct Selection tool is not moving individual anchor points from objects that I draw with the Pen Tool. It should function the same as Illustrator and allow you to select an anchor point and move the individual point. Is there a setting that I am missing somewhere for this? InDesign 17.1 Creative Cloud.

       

      Thanks!

       

      Austin

        • 1. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Moving to InDesign forum

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          • 2. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
            amaarora Adobe Employee

            Hi,

            There no setting. By default your direct selection tool should move anchor points.

            Below are the ways that help you move anchor points.

            1. Using the Direct selection tool

                 a. I created the below figure using pen tool

                

                 b. Changed to direct selection tool and was able to drag each point separately.

                

            2. Using the Direction point tool

                 a. Created a straight line this time

                

                 b. Changed my tool to Direction point tool

                

                 c. Was able to move each point separately.

                

             

            Let me know if any of the above work for you.

            Otherwise, you can try cleaning your cache and preferences. Troubleshooting 101: Replace, or "trash" your InDesign preferences [2009 Outdated & Locked]

             

            -Aman

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            • 3. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
              winterm Level 5

              Before trying to move any anchor point be sure your drawing is NOT selected in 'normal' way (with Selection Tool). Use Direct Selection tool on a figure that is not selected (or selected with Direct Selection tool). Switching directly from Selection to Direct Selection won't work.

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              • 4. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                austinh41648379 Level 1

                Hello Aman,

                 

                Thanks for the reply! I have been using Adobe for 15 years and understand how the tool works. My issue is that is does not work as it is supposed to function. So if there is not a setting that I missed to effect the performance of this tool, then I will try cleaning cache and preferences next.

                 

                Thanks!

                Austin

                • 5. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                  austinh41648379 Level 1

                  This is a really valid point as well, it wasn't the issue this time, but I did learn that the hard way a while back after coming from Illustrator where these tools are a little more precise and capable. Thanks!

                  • 6. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                    BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                    I'm going to chime in with an additional clarification, because I see this question from my students all the time. Even if you know this, it may help the next person reading this...the anchor points have two states: hollow (deselected) and solid (selected), just like AI. To move an individual anchor point, click outside the object to deselect it, and then select one or more anchor points.

                     

                    Place the very tip of the arrow on the anchor point, and watch for the cursor to alert you that you are about to select the anchor point (with the hollow square hanging off the cursor.) The way I see this, InDesign is having a running conversation with us at all times, but without a voice, we have to learn watch the cursors to hear what it is telling us.

                     

                    Direction Selection tool (white arrow) on the anchor point (hollow square under cursor):

                    InDesign CCss_011.png

                    Direction Selection tool (white arrow) not yet on the anchor point (solid square under cursor, or sometimes just a plain black arrow):

                    InDesign CCss_013.png

                    Once selected, you can move the selected anchor point and the hollow/deselected ones stay still. I've never seen this feature misbehave and I've used it and taught it for all of InDesign's life. If it does, reset preferences.

                    InDesign CCss_012.png

                    One more thought. Anchor points are tiny, and unlike in AI you can't enlarge them via Prefs. Zooming in doesn't enlarge them either. One can use accessibility commands built in to the OS to magnify, but that's the number one reason my students struggle to select anchor points in InDesign—on a HiDPI display they just can't see them very well.

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                    • 7. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                      Katie Houghton Adobe Community Professional

                      Maybe it is a simple difference in Illustrator and InDesign. If you have an object selected in Illustrator then use your direct selection tool on an anchor point all other points will be deselected so only the one point will change. On the other hand, if you have an object selected in InDesign and change to your direct selection tool to choose an anchor point, all the points will still be selected so the entire object will move. If the problem is your object is selected when you have changed to the direct selection tool just deselect all (Edit>Deselect All) and then select the point or segment within the object you want to move.

                       

                      Hope that helps.

                      • 8. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                        leahe57236719 Level 1

                        You are LITERALLY my favourite person right now! (hot hyperbole)

                        • 9. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                          courtneycastle

                          BarbBinder, THANK YOU. I have been trying to figure this out for ages, clicking all over in frustration until I am able to move an anchor point rather than the whole text box. Now I finally understand that when the anchors are solid, they are selected, so I need to make sure all the anchors are empty before clicking on the one I need to move. It *is* rather confusing that you can't switch from selection to direct selection without automatically having all anchor points remain selected. It's SUCH a relief to finally understand this. Thanks again.

                          • 10. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                            BarbBinder Adobe Community Professional

                            So are so welcome, Courtney! Glad you got it figured out.

                             

                            ~Barb

                            • 11. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                              Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                              Hi austinh41648379 ,

                              I know this thread started in August 2017. Nevertheless: It would have helped if we had access to a sample document.

                               

                              There are cases where moving a single selected path point by using the mouse will not work:

                              With Inline anchored objects and Above Line anchored objects.

                               

                              MovingSelectedPathPointByMouse-NOT-WORKING.png

                               

                              Just tested this with InDesign CS6 8.1.0. Don't think this behavior has changed for all versions CC.

                               

                              What will work is changing the selected path point's position by using the editing fields of the Control Panel or Transformation Panel.

                               

                              Regards,
                              Uwe

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                              • 12. Re: InDesign Direct Selection not moving anchor points
                                Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                Tested with CC 2018. Same thing: Selected path points with inline anchored or above line anchored objects cannot be moved by mouse or trackpad…

                                 

                                Regards,
                                Uwe