Moving and dynamically adjusting an object's size

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There are several ways of moving or changing the size of an object. The method described here will be called dynamic in the sense that it is carried out using the mouse.

When you dynamically change an object, remember to check the central area of the status bar at the bottom of your screen. This area shows detailed information about the ongoing manipulation. For example, during a resizing manipulation, you will see the following information displayed. This information changes when the mouse is moved.

Dynamic movement of objects

To move an object, select it and then click within the object's border and hold down the left mouse button while moving the cursor. To drop the object at its new location, let go of the mouse button. During movement, the shape of the object appears as dotted lines to help with its repositioning.

Dynamic movement

Dynamic size modification of objects

To change the size of an object (or group of selected objects) with the mouse, you need to move one of the handles located around the selection. As shown in the following illustration, the outline of the resulting new object appears as a dotted line.

Dynamic Resizing

The results will differ depending on which handle you use. If you choose a corner handle, you will resize the object along two axes at the same time. If you use a side handle, the objects will only be resized along one axis.

Documentation note.png If you press the Shift key at the same time as you carry out the resizing operation, the size change will be carried out symmetrically with respect to the two axes; this enables you to keep the aspect (height/length) ratio of the object.
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