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.
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Launch InDesign and open the document to which you want to add an arrow.
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.
Click "Window" and select "Stroke" to display the Stroke panel, if it is not already visible.
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.
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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