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You have to remember that there are two
parts to every object in InDesignâ€”the
frame and its contents. When you select
an imported object with the Selection
tool, youâ€™re selecting the frame, not the
content. And when you select an object
with the Direct Selection tool, youâ€™re
selecting the content, not the frame.
The ability to select a frame and its
content independently enables you to edit
them as such, too. For example, you can
scale just the frame and not the content or
InDesign allows you to scale a frame
and its content simultaneously as well.
However, the manner in which you do it
determines whether InDesign displays the
scale percentage for just the frame or the
frame and its content when you select the
object with the Selection tool.
Note: Keep in mind that weâ€™re talking about imported images and not InDesign objects, which function differently in this respect.
When you select an object with the Selection tool and then c[shift] and drag the frame with the Selection , Scale or Free Transform tool , for example, the Control (not available in version 2) and Transform palettes display the Scale X and Y Percentage values for the frame, not the image inside the frame.
To show the Scale X and Y Percentage
values (or any other information) for the
content, you have to select the image with
the Direct Selection tool .