How to make arrows in InDesign

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How to make arrows in InDesign
You can even use arrows to form a pattern. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

As a design element, arrows are quite versatile and can be extremely useful -- they can draw attention to a particular part of the page, highlight the logical progression between steps of a process or even just serve as decoration. At first glance, Adobe InDesign offers no way of adding arrows to your documents without relying on graphics or external plug-ins. In reality, a way to do so does exist, although in a less than intuitive location.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Launch InDesign and open the document to which you want to add an arrow.

  2. 2

    Select the "Line" tool from the Tools palette. Click and drag where you want the arrow to be to draw a line on your document.

  3. 3

    Click "Window" and select "Stroke" to display the Stroke panel, if it is not already visible.

  4. 4

    Open the drop-down menu labelled "End" and select the arrowhead you prefer. You can choose from simple, wide, curved, barbed, triangle and wide triangle arrowheads.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process with the drop-down menu labelled "Start" to add an arrowhead to the other end of the line, if you want.

Tips and warnings

  • You can do this with any open path, not just lines.
  • The size of the arrowheads is proportional to the thickness of the line.
  • Information in this article applies to Adobe InDesign CS6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

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