Welcome to Xara Online Designer

Welcome to Xara Online Designer

Selecting and moving items

Alignment guidelines

The alignment guidlines allow you to easily and quickly adjust all objects. Different guides will automatically appear while you’re moving/dragging an object: Green guides: Show you the center of each object and each page (horizontally and vertically) Blue guides: Show you guides, set up in Xara Designer Pro X, like the frame of the page. Red guides: Show you how you align one object to another. If occasionally you don’t want to see any guides just press the Ctrl key and they will disappear. As you resize a photo or a shape, it will snap to page guides or objects. Also you can see the snap lines for an object without moving the object, by selecting it, then holding down the mouse button.   As you place an object, a rotation tool tip will help you find the right angle: 1. Select your object 2. Select the yellow button on the top right side of the object and hold the mouse button 3. By moving your mouse our tool tip will automatically appear, giving you information about the angle of your object. 4. For better ease of use, it will automatically snap for common angles like 45°, 90°, etc.

Stacking items

Stack items behind or in front of each other using these z-order (stack order) controls for items on the page in the Properties Panel Or use the corresponding key short-cuts for these controls (in order of the icons): Ctrl + F  or  Ctrl + Shift + ]    Bring to Front Ctrl + Shift + F  or  Ctrl + ]   Move Forward one Ctrl + Shift + B  or  Ctrl + [    Move Back one Ctrl + B  or  Ctrl + Shift + [    Put to Back

Items in groups

You can select and move multiple items around as one, and also group them, so that they act as a single selectable item. Tap on the edge of a group to select it.   Extend / Reduce your selection by using shift + click - the top status line tells you how many items are in your selection, and a pale blue dotted outline indicates the selection. Then choose Group.

Editing items in groups

By selecting a single object within a group, you can edit it. For example edit text inside a group, replace a photo or edit Shapes. Nevertheless, you cannot delete items inside a group, the Copy / Delete menu will delete the whole group. If you want to remove items from a group, first un-group it by clicking on the pale dotted outline (it will turn blue). Then you can use the un-group option in the context menu. The Delete and Duplicate operations will work over multiple selections. So if you’ve got three items selected and you hit Duplicate - you get a duplicate selection of your three items. Delete multiple items the same way. Here’s a little tutorial movie running over the main points…

Auto scroll during item drag

Drag an item up or down, left or right and the page will scroll to accomodate. Great for quick drag and drop placement over a multipage document. Paste Options There are a range of paste options for the last item copied to the internal clipboard. This only applies to items copied in Xara Online Designer, not items copied on the system clipboard. Paste in same place (Ctrl+Shift+V) Paste Style or Attributes (Ctrl+Shift+A) Paste size Paste position Paste Size & Position Paste on all pages