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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 is the author of Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Cloud, and a LinkedIn Learning. instructor. After more than 30 years in real-world print production and 20 years of software training, she’s now retired, but still occasionally teaches software classes and writes about printing topics. Find out more at her website claudiamccue.com and @claudiamccue on Twitter.
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7 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.

  2. Is there a way to scale photo/image to a smaller size using your keyboard instead of the mouse? For that matter, is it possible to upload a photo for an account’s profile picture utilizing a keyboard shortcut? I’m still using dinosaur Windows 7 if that matters…

  3. To scale a graphic, just select the graphic (NOT the frame — you can use the white arrow or the Content Grabber), then use the keyboard shortcuts in the article.
    Hope that helps.

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