How To Unanchor In InDesign

Did you accidentally attach an image to a point where you did not intend to? This can be frustrating and confusing at the same time. Doing this is very easy if you follow the right steps. Let us help you out in the process of unanchoring an image easily. 

Go to the text frame, and select the image you wish to unanchor. Now hit Control + X or Command + X. The image will disappear. To add it to another place in the document, hit Control + C or Command + C. You can also adjust the image’s size, orientation, and formatting. 

For more details on how to anchor things, please continue reading. 

What Is Anchoring In InDesign?

Before understanding how you can unanchor things, we must cover why anchoring is done when using InDesign. Below are some purposes that anchoring serves, which we will discuss in detail. 

Text Flow

Anchoring an object within a text frame ensures that the object remains in a specific location relative to the text. This helps ensure the text flows smoothly around the object without creating awkward gaps or overlaps. 

Layout Control

It can provide greater control over the layout of the page. Attaching an object to a specific point within a text frame ensures that it remains consistent relative to the surrounding text. This helps you to plan the document around this instead of being met with an unexpected formatting issue later. 

Dynamic Object Placement

Anchoring objects within text frames can also ensure that they remain in a specific position even if the size of the text frame changes. This can be useful if you need to adjust the text frame size but still want to ensure that an object remains in a specific location. 

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How To Unanchor Objects In InDesign?

Let us get into what you are here for. Below are detailed instructions on how you can unanchor objects in InDesign. This is the easiest way to do it and requires no complex understanding of the InDesign software. 

  1. Open the InDesign document that you wish to work in. 
  2. Now go to the text frame and click on the anchored object you want to unanchor.
  3. Press “Ctrl+X” (Windows) or “Cmd+X” (Mac) to cut the object from the text frame. This will make the object disappear, but it is still copied to the clipboard. 
  4. If you wish to leave it here, you can move ahead. 
  5. However, choose the spot if you wish to move the object to another position in the document.
  6. Now take your cursor and click there, and then press Control + V (Windows) or Command + V (Mac) to paste the object back into your layout.
  7. If you wish to customize the object to look better in the new place, apply any necessary formatting, such as adjusting its size or position.
  8. Save your changes to the document as you go so you do not lose your progress. 

How To Anchor Objects In InDesign? 

Let us talk about anchoring objects. You may be wondering why you need this when you are here for a tutorial on Unanchoring objects. Remember we talked about cutting the object and then pasting it elsewhere? You might lose it and need to anchor an object from scratch. It is good to know how to do this. 

To anchor objects in InDesign:

  1. Open the document that you wish to work on in InDesign. 
  2. Open the text frame in which you want to anchor an object.
  3. Select the object that you want to anchor.
  4. Now drag and adjust the object to the point in the text frame where you wish to be anchored.
  5. Go to the Object menu, select the Anchored object, and then click Options.
  6. A dialog box will open. 
  7. In the Anchored Object Options dialog box, set the Anchor options to your desired settings. 
  8. Here you will be choosing the anchor position (top, bottom, center), the reference point for the anchor, and any necessary offset or custom positioning.
  9. Hit OK. The object will now be anchored to the text frame in the specified position.


Yes, it is that easy! It may not be easy the first few times, but you will get the hang of it as you practice. Until this becomes muscle memory for you, use our detailed guide on anchoring and anchoring images into and from a text frame in InDesign.