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The Eyedropper and Measure Tools in Adobe InDesign

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The Measure Tool
Eyedropper and Measure Tools

The Eyedropper Tool has a flyout menu to access the Measure Tool

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The Measure Tool allows you to measure the distance between two points in your work area and more. The simplest way to use it is by dragging it across the area you want to measure. Once you drag it, if your Info palette wasn't already open, it will automatically open up and show you the distance of the two points you have measured.

You can also measure angles by doing the following:

  1. To measure an angle from the x axis, drag the tool.

  2. To measure a custom angle, drag to create the first line of the angle. Then double-click or press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while you click the start or end point of the measure line and drag to create the second line of the angle

    By measuring an angle as in point 2, you will also be able to see in the Info palette, the length of the first line (D1) and of the second line (D2) which you traced with your Measure tool.

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