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Resize Objects with a Keyboard Shortcut

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Scaling by 5% Via the Keyboard

You probably know that text increases in size if you select it and press Command+Shift+> (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+> (Windows). But you may not know that if you press Command+Option+>/ Ctrl+Alt+> both the text (or image) and the frame increase in size by 5%.

Press Command+Option+< (Mac) Ctrl+Alt+< (Win) to decrease the size of the frame and its contents by 5%

Scaling by 1% Via the Keyboard

Want even finer control? Then leave out the Option/Alt key. Press Command+>/ Ctrl+> to increase the size of the frame and its contents by 1%.

Or press Command+</ Ctrl+< to decrease the size of the frame and its contents by 1%.


Claudia McCue

Claudia McCue

Claudia McCue incorporates more than 20 years of traditional and digital prepress production experience in her current incarnation as a consultant, trainer, and author devoted to the graphic arts industry. Claudia's company, Practicalia LLC, provides custom onsite training for a national client base of design firms, printing companies and marketing professionals. She is the author of Real World Print Production With Adobe Creative Cloud (Peachpit Press, 2013), and a frequent presenter at industry conferences. She is also the presenter for several titles, including "Acrobat X: Creating Forms," "Print Production Fundamentals," and "Up & Running With Acrobat XI Pro." When not chained to the computer, she can be found riding her motorcycle on country roads. She swears it’s the cure for writer’s block.
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3 Comments on “Resize Objects with a Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Unless I am misunderstanding there is a correction to be made on the last line, Ctrl+Alt+< scales by 5% not 1%. Probably was a copy and paste error.

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