How to Delete a Frame in InDesign


Adobe InDesign is a publishing program that lets users create magazine- and newspaper-style layouts by manipulating images and text. You also might use InDesign to edit your personal newsletters and greeting cards. Frames are the building blocks for any InDesign document and they are usually filled with images and text. You can delete them with just a few clicks of the mouse. And if you want to delete the content inside the frame -- to keep its position and insert something else -- use the mouse to select the content and delete it.

Deleting the Frame

  • Launch your Adobe InDesign program and load the document you need to edit. Do this by clicking on the "File" command menu button, and choosing the "Open" option from the drop-down menu. Select the file you want to load and press "Open" to confirm.

  • Click on the selection tool embedded in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. The selection tool lets you select, edit and move existing frames on the page. It's represented by a small black arrow.

  • Left-click on the frame you want to delete and you should notice the frame becomes highlighted. Delete the frame permanently by pressing the "Delete" or "Backspace" keys on your keyboard.

Deleting the Content

  • Double-click on the frame with the selection tool until the arrow cursor becomes a small hand. This is the direct selection tool and lets you manipulates the content inside the frame. You can also use the direct selection tool by clicking on the white arrow cursor in the left side toolbar.

  • Press the "Delete" or "Backspace" keys while the hand cursor is visible -- this will permanently delete the image or custom shape inside the frame.

  • Delete any text inside the frame by using the type tool (represented by the letter T) located on the left-side toolbar. Click on the frame with the type tool and you should notice a text cursor flashing inside the frame. Highlight all of the text by clicking and dragging the cursor, or by using the "Ctrl+A" shortcut. Press the "Delete" or "Backspace" keys to permanently delete the frame's text.

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