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iBooks Author: Add objects and change an object’s type

Add objects and change an object’s type

To add objects (such as widgets, shapes, text boxes, tables, or charts) to a page in your book, choose Insert > Choose, or use the pop-up menus in the toolbar. You can also add media files (such as images) to a page by dragging them from the Media Browser, the Finder, or another application.

Every object in a book is either inline, floating, or anchored. When you add an object to a page, it’s anchored or floating by default. To add it as an inline object instead, or to change an object from one type to another after you add it, follow the steps below.

You can also easily change the position of an anchored or inline object.

Add an object as inline

You can add an inline object to a specific location in the book’s text, or inside another object.

  1. Select the object and choose Edit > Copy or Edit > Cut.

  2. Place the insertion point where you want the object to appear, and choose Edit > Paste.

Change an object from one kind to another

  1. Select the object.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the format bar: Click Inline, Floating, or Anchored.

      If the format bar isn’t visible, choose View > Show Format Bar.

    • In the Wrap inspector: Click one of the Object Placement buttons.

      If the Wrap inspector isn’t open, click Inspector in the toolbar and click the Wrap Inspector button.

If the controls for changing the object type are dimmed, it might be because you’re viewing a landscape template in portrait orientation. Try switching to landscape orientation. Or try adding a title, label, or caption to the object and then converting it.

Reposition an anchored or inline object

You can place an anchored or inline object anywhere on a page with text on it. An anchored object has a marker Anchored object marker that indicates the text it’s associated with.

Reposition an anchored object: Drag the object or its marker Anchored object marker to the text you want to associate the object with.

When the object’s associated text moves to another page (because of changing content), the object moves to the same position on the new page.

Important:   In a landscape template, you can move an anchored object (or its marker) only in landscape orientation.
Anchored object being dragged to another part of page

Reposition an inline object: Drag the object.

If you can’t add an item, it might not be a supported file type.

Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013
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