InDesign Measure Tool

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Feb 17, 2022 Feb 17, 2022

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Hi gang,

I have been meaning to ask this question (for the last 22 years). It's a small thing, but...

 

When I use the Measure tool in InDesign, I might drag an angle or distance or protractor (Opt/Alt).

If I drag again, the Measure tool replaces the previous drag.

 

If I switch to any other tool except the Eyedropper tool, when I come back to the Measure tool it still shows the last use of it on the screen. The only shortcut I can find that works is pressing "I"; then "K" to reset the tool and destroy the last use of it off the screen.

 

My question: Why doesn't the ESC key cause the visible Measure line to disappear? Or is there a function/shortcut I am unaware?

 

(Like I said, it's a little thing!)

Mike Witherell
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Hi Mike--I think it's intentional so one can refer back to the line again if needed. 

David Creamer
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Yeah, I get why it could annoy you a bit, but Mr. Creamer makes a good point too.

 

Of course none of us can really know why. If there's something undesirable that would happen from having Esc dismiss the measure-line, I can't think of what it might be, and I agree there should be a way to expressly dismiss it if the user wants. Could be a feature request, I suppose.

 

As sometimes happens whan someone posts about the specifics of a feature, I realize I just about never use it.

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Thanks gentlemen for your input. Making sure I wasn't missing something. Probably I just need to get out a little more often and do something other than study InDesign! 

Mike Witherell

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