Displaying the objects you use in your Pages, Number, or Keynote documents the right way can make all the difference. Whether it’s a text box, image, or shape, you’re putting that object there for a reason. So if you need to resize, rotate, and flip an object in one or all three of these apps, this tutorial shows you how on both Mac and iOS.
Adjust objects in Pages, Numbers and Keynote
Resize, rotate and flip objects on Mac
Working with objects in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote works pretty much the same way across all three applications. So open one up with the document containing the object and let’s get started.
You have a few easy ways to resize, rotate, and flip objects.
Resize objects on Mac
For resizing, you can use your mouse or trackpad to drag the object on one of its edges or corners to its new size. As you drag to make the object larger or smaller, you’ll see the new measurements of it.
But if you have precise measurements that you want to use, then you should open the Format sidebar.
1) Click the Format button to open the sidebar.
2) Make sure your object is selected and click the Arrange tab in the sidebar.
3) Go down to the Size section and there you can use the arrows to adjust the height and width or enter your exact units.
4) To make sure the object retains its proportions, check the box for Constrain proportions.
Rotate objects on Mac
Like with resizing, you can use a mouse or trackpad to rotate your object. Hold down the Command key as you click one of the white squares on the edge and then drag to rotate it.
For a more exact rotation, use the Format sidebar.
1) Again, select your object and click the Arrange tab in the Format sidebar.
2) Go down to the Rotate section and use either the circle to drag the object to the angle you want. Or, use the arrows next to the Angle box or enter an exact unit.
Flip objects on Mac
To flip your object vertically or horizontally, you can use either the Format sidebar or the menu bar.
In the Format sidebar, go to the Rotate section and use the Flip arrows.
In the menu bar, click Arrange and then pick Flip Horizontally or Flip Vertically.
Resize, rotate and flip objects on iPhone and iPad
Like on Mac, resizing, rotating, and flipping objects in these three apps is the same process. So open a document with your object and then follow these steps.
On iPhone and iPad, you’ll use gestures to resize and rotate images.
To resize, drag from a corner or edge. To retain the object’s proportions before you resize it:
1) Select the object and tap the Style button (brush icon).
2) Tap Arrange and enable the toggle for Constrain Proportions.
To rotate, select the object and then use two fingers to turn the object the direction you want to rotate it. This can be a bit difficult to get the exact angle you want, especially on iPhone which has a smaller screen.
To flip an object on iPhone or iPad:
1) Select the object and tap the Style button.
2) Choose Arrange and then tap Flip Horizontally or Flip Vertically.
Wrapping it up
Working with objects in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote isn’t difficult. But depending on what you want to do and which devices you’re doing it on, it can take a little bit of time.
How do you feel about working with objects in these apps on your devices?
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