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Move, resize and rotate objects

To move, resize and rotate an object, simply click the object you'd like to change. You'll see a green rotate handle, white resize handles, and yellow adjustment handles (where applicable).

Moving objects

Click any object to select it, then drag it with your mouse or arrow keys. You can hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the movement to the nearest horizontal or vertical axis. You can hold the Shift key while moving with the keyboard to move the object by one pixel.

Snap to Guides is enabled by default in the full editor. Snap to grid is enabled by default in the embedded editor.

The option Snap to grid allows objects to automatically align to an invisible grid or to other objects when moved, resized, or inserted. Click Edit > Snap to grid to disable this option, or hold down the Alt key to temporarily disable it.

Resizing objects

Drag one of the resize (white) handles, and the object will expand and contract with your cursor's movement.

Objects can be resized to scale by holding the Shift key while dragging a corner resize handle. To flip an object, drag a resize handle to the opposite side.

Reshaping objects

Objects that can be reshaped will include yellow handles. Drag the adjustment handle(s) to change the appearance of your object.

Rotating objects

Drag the rotate (green) handle to rotate the object. Hold the Shift key while rotating to constrain the rotation to 15 degree increments.

Right-click an object and select Rotate to rotate objects at 90 degree increments and flip them horizontally or vertically.

To move, resize or rotate multiple objects at the same time, hold down the Shift key while you click each object. You can also drag your mouse in the drawing background to select multiple shapes.

If you're in the process of manipulating an object and change your mind, you can cancel any action by pressing the Esc key prior to releasing the mouse button.

See more details about keyboard modifiers.

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