How to Use the Rotate Tool in Adobe InDesign

In Brief...

The rotate function is built into the Selection Tool, so the true power is not so much in the Rotate Tool, but rather in the tool options.


  1. The Rotate Tool is under the Free Transform Tool on the Toolbar. Click, hold, and select to bring it to the top level.
    Rotate Tool on Toolbar

  2. Select an object to rotate, then go to the Reference Point Selector in the Control Panel and select the point that you want the object to pivot from.
    Reference Point to Pivot Around

  3. Go to the Toolbar and double-click the Rotate Tool to open the options. Set the desired angle and click Copy.
    Rotate Options Dialog Box

  4. A rotated copy of the object is created.
    Rotated Copy of Object

  5. Because this was done through the Rotate Options dialog box, it is viewed as one operation, and the Transform Again command under the Object menu can be used to create another rotated copy.
    Transform Again Command in Object Menu

  6. Transform Again can be used as many times as needed.
    Rotated Copies to Create Daisy Shape

  7. The Rotate Options can also be opened directly through the Object menu by going to Transform and selecting Rotate.
    Rotate Command in Object Menu

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