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InDesign Drag copying to move the duplicate object no longer shows the original during the move.

Explorer ,
Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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In recent versions of InDesign (Currently using InDesign 18.5, Mac OS Ventura), I've noticed that when I drag copy an object to its new position, the original vanishes during the drag. Often I need to drag it and still see the original for an exact placement in relationship to the original being copied. Has that vanished from InDesign? Or am I missing some other preference or additional modifier key to make that happen? 

I feel like I'm playing the minuet with my left hand with various modifier keys (including one to keep the move vertical or horizontal only). I can't seem to find a list of modifier keys and their functions for drag-copy that I can use as a cheat sheet until I learn it... AGAIN.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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[Moderator moved from Using the Community forums to InDesign.]

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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I've had the same experience.

 

I'd either set Ruler Guides in my target document to keep my alignment right, or perhaps you can use the Edit>Copy menu command in your source document (if your copied elements are going to the exact same place within the page geometry of your target document) Then use the Edit>Paste in Place menu command in the target document and see what you get.

 

Hope this helps you out,

 

Randy

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Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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Thanks, Randy. That's what I've resorted to, using the keyboard shortcuts equivalent of what you show as menu commands. Still, the ease of holding a key down and dragging a duplicate of something to it's new position with the original still in sight was just so elegantly simple. I miss that. I used to do it without even thinking.

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Aug 22, 2023 Aug 22, 2023

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I agree. But while I miss the interim view as I dragged from one doc to the next, I just press on regardless.

 

That doesn't mean giving up, though. If you'd like, you can file a bug report/feature request by following this link. And let folks know what the report number is for your filing back here. I'm sure you'll find others who agree with us that it was a nice thing, and it'd be a nice thing to have back once again.

 

Randy

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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I also place copy in the same manor as Randy Suggested.

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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Hi @maxglitz , Is your Interface Live Screen drawing Preference set to Immediate?

 

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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No, as always with me, it's set for a pause. 

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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I meant set it to Immediate if you want to see the object as you drag.

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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I'll try that, but in the past the effect I want always applied itself WITH the pause. Somthing that went back to the earliest days of InDesign to allow any number of things to show after the pause. (I'm one of the dinosaurs that used it when it first came out back in the dawn of dust.)

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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Could be hardware related, maybe try turning GPU Performance on or off?

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I don't see that here on PC, but I'm still using 18.2 (18.5 seems very buggy, at least on Mac).

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