The PageMaker Toolbox

July 11th, 2006 by Posted in PageMaker, Print and Web Publishing


The PageMaker Toolbox

The PageMaker Toolbox contains all of the tools you will use for creating and manipulating text and objects. It also contains two tools to help you view your publication. This document will familiarize you with the tools in the toolbox.

return to topDisplaying the Toolbox

If the Toolbox is not visible or if you have closed it and want to redisplay it, do the following:

  1. From the Window menu, select Show Tools
    The Toolbox is displayed.

return to topPageMaker Tools

This table describes the available tools and their function.


Function Description
version window button Version Window Displays, when clicked, the version of PageMaker that is being used. To remove the Version Window, click inside this window.
pointer tool Pointer Selects lines, shapes, graphics, and text boxes. Selected items can be moved, resized, and have their attributes changed.
text tool Text  Selects text or sets insertion point for adding text.
rotate tool Rotate  Rotates text blocks and graphics to almost any angle.
crop tool Crop  Crops graphics (press and hold the [Shift] key to crop proportionally).
line tool Line  Creates straight lines at almost any angle.
constrained line tool Constrained Line Creates vertical, horizontal and 45-degree-angle lines.
rectangle tool Rectangle  Creates square and rectangle shapes.
rectangle text box tool Rectangle Text Box Creates rectangular-shaped text boxes.
ellipse tool Ellipse  Creates circular and oval shapes.
ellipse text box tool Ellipse Text Box Creates circular and oval-shaped text boxes.
polygon tool Polygon  Creates basic polygons.
polygon text box tool Polygon Text Box Creates polygon-shaped text boxes.
hand (panning) tool Hand (Panning) Allows the user to drag a page for optimal view.
zoom tool Zoom  Magnifies or reduces the area of the page; useful for close placements or viewing of graphics.

return to topUsing the Zoom Tool

While using the Zoom tool, you can toggle between the magnification/reduction area of the page: 

To enlarge the magnification of an area (zoom in):

  1. With the Zoom tool selected,
    Windows: Click the mouse button
    Macintosh: Press [Cmd] and click the mouse button

To reduce the magnification of an area (zoom out):

  1. With the Zoom tool selected,
    Windows: Press [Ctrl] and click the mouse button
    Macintosh: Press [Option] and click the mouse button