Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects

CorelDRAW provides you with several ways to copy objects. When you no longer need an object, you can delete it.


Cutting, copying, and pasting

You can cut or copy an object to place it on the Clipboard and paste it into a drawing or another application. Cutting an object places it on the Clipboard and removes it from the drawing. Copying an object places it on the Clipboard but keeps the original in the drawing.


Duplicating

Duplicating an object places a copy directly in the drawing window and does not use the Clipboard. Duplicating is faster than copying and pasting. Also, when duplicating an object, you can specify the distance between the duplicate and the original object along the x and y axes. This distance is known as the offset.

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You can apply a transformation, such as rotating, sizing, or skewing, to the duplicate of an object while keeping the original object intact. If you decide that you want to keep the original object, you can delete the duplicate.


Copying objects at a specified position

You can create multiple copies of objects simultaneously, while specifying their position, without using the Clipboard. For example, you can distribute object copies horizontally, to the left or right of the original object; or you can distribute copies of objects vertically, below or above the original object. You can specify the spacing between copies of objects, or you can specify the offset at which copies of objects are created in relation to each other.


Copying objects quickly

You can use other methods to create copies of objects quickly, without using the Clipboard. You can use the plus sign (+) on the numeric keypad to place a copy of an object on top of the original object, or you can create copies instantly by pressing the Spacebar or right-clicking while dragging an object.


To cut or copy an object

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Select an object.
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Click Edit, and click one of the following:
Cut
Copy

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You can also cut or copy an object by right-clicking the object and clicking Cut or Copy.

To paste an object into a drawing

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Click Edit CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Paste.

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You can use this procedure to paste an object from another application.
 
To paste an object from an unsupported file format, or to specify options for the pasted object, click Edit CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Paste special. For more information about pasting objects from other applications, see “Linking and embedding objects.”

To duplicate an object

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Select an object.
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Click Edit CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Duplicate.
When you duplicate objects for the first time, the Duplicate offset dialog box appears. To specify the distance between the duplicate and the original object along the x and y axes, type values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset boxes.
Offset values of 0 place the duplicate on top of the original.
Positive offset values place the duplicate up and to the right of the original.
Negative offset values place the duplicate down and to the left of the original.

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Duplicating an object is useful for creating cuttable drop shadows for devices such as vinyl cutters and plotters.

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You can change the offset at which duplicates are created. Click Tools CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Options and in the Document list of categories, click General, and type values in the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset boxes.
 
You can also duplicate a selected object by pressing Ctrl + D.

To create copies of an object at a specified position

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Select an object.
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Click Edit CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Step and Repeat.
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In the Step and repeat docker, type a value in the Number of copies box.

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Distribute copies of objects horizontally
In the Vertical settings area, choose No offset from the Mode list box. In the Horizontal offset area, choose Spacing between objects from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between object copies, type a value in the Distance box. To place the object copies to the right or left of the original, choose Right or Left from the Direction list box.
Distribute copies of objects vertically
In the Horizontal settings area, choose No offset from the Mode list box. In the Vertical offset area, choose Spacing between objects from the Mode list box. To specify the spacing between copies of objects, type a value in the Distance box. To place the copies above or below the original, choose Up or Down from the Direction list box.
Offset all copies of objects by a specified distance
In the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset areas, choose Offset from the Mode list box, and type values in the Distance boxes.

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Multiple copies of an object are offset by a specified distance.

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You can access the Step and repeat docker by pressing Ctrl+Shift+D.

To create copies of objects quickly

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Select an object by using the Pick tool CorelDRAW pgx pick tool Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects .
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Press the Spacebar while moving, rotating, or transforming the object.

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Place a copy of an object on top of the original
Press the plus sign (+ ) on the numeric keypad.
Create a single copy by using a mouse or stylus.
While moving, rotating, or transforming the object, right-click and then release both mouse buttons.


To transform the duplicate of an object

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Select an object.
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Click Arrange CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Transformations, and click a command.
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Choose the settings you want in the Transformation docker.
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Click Apply to duplicate.

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You can clear a transformation by selecting an object and clicking Arrange CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Clear transformations.

To delete an object

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Select an object.
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Click Edit CorelDRAW onestep Copying, duplicating, and deleting objects Delete.

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To retrieve a deleted object, you must use the Undo command. For more information, see “Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions.”

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You can also delete an object by clicking it and pressing Delete.

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