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Proportional Scaling Using Shift Button Not Working

In the 2017.1 release of InDesign, the ability to hold Shift and scale objects proportionally seems to have disappeared. I know for me this is a major functionality problem that is increasing the time I have to spend on current projects. I've checked support forums and others are encountering this problem, but I haven't yet seen a solution.

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Hello All,

Thank you for your patience all this while; we really appreciate your support!

Our investigation suggests that one of common reasons for the problem is that certain software (mostly antivirus and other security applications) and browser extensions happen to enable “Secure Keyboard Entry” on Mac machines due to which some keys such as Shift key in this case do not perform the desired action in InDesign.

For now I request you to follow the below provided KB doc for the quick workaround of the problem.

In the comments section many of the users have confirmed that disabling Webroot SecureAnywhere (a security app) has resolved the issue for them. Please note that, the problem may not be related to a particular software; there could be a different application or antivirus which might be causing the problem by enabling Secure Keyboard Entry on Mac.

Abhinav Kaushik
InDesign Team


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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don’t have the webroot security app, so that solution didn’t help. However, someone posted to quit Safari and that worked for me. Thanks. I’d still like this bug fixed so I can use the internet.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Designers need to resize all the time. This bug is wasting so much time. Please fix it. I’m avoiding InDesign at all costs and designing new files only in Illustrator.

  • Jules commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is very frustrating! My old PC died and I had lost my old indesign disc in a house move, shelled out a lot of money for a new disc and now can't re-size!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also had problems with 'shift' not constraining proportion or 'Alt' not duplicating on Mack book pro 2019 15 inch with Indesign CC 14.0.2
    Quitting both Safari and Google Chrome fixed it for me. Very strange.

  • sep commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What worked for me:
    - Preferences > General > Reset Preferences on quit
    - Restart photoshop

    Command keys etc working as they should.

  • JDW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having this same issue has anyone found a fix. It is very frustrating not having this feature working. I am on new MacBook Pro 15" as well. PLEASE FIX THIS

  • Gabbi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's also happening to me. I'm using my new MacBook Pro with the Touchbar, the 15" one. However, they got me the 13" one at work, and InDesign doesn't have that problem on that one, and I also don't have that problem on my old 13" MacBook Pro from 2012, so I really don't know what the issue might be. Pleeeeaaaase fix this! D:

  • Cameron Muir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Recycling this comment as it solved the issue for me: **CLOSE LASTPASS IF YOU ARE USING**

    I was able to scale immediately after closing this app.

  • Linda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    None of the work-arounds are working. I can't scale my images without going through way too many steps. Does anyone have some cyber god of graphic design I can pray to? This is seriously debilitating. Thank you!

  • Jen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am having this issue too - in fact none of the Shift or Option short cuts are working. I have got a large brochure to work on next week and this ridiculous issue is going to cause me severe problems. I have not got Webroot here, nor any other security software. I use Safari as a browser - quitting it has not made any difference to InDesign. Is there a fix that is easy to follow - I'm not a techie! Thanks!

  • Marie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also am having this problem, very annoying, the whole point of InDesign is to do layout which is impossible with this bug.

  • t commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This has nothing to do with webroot -- I don't have that and it's not working. FIX THIS. Your lates update didn't fix it. FIX IT.

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This fixed my problem but I hope it's just a temporary solution and that you are working on fixing this bug.

  • harry h commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same problem here, closed all browsers, checked Lastpass, don't have webroot. Happens randomly, absolutely annoying and frustrating. Working with CC 2018 on a MacBook Pro High Sierra.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm having this problem now as well. Have wuit my security software, closed Chrome (the only browser I use)... Nothing works. As others have pointed out, this killing productivity and is a ridiculous issue. Please fix this.

  • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This worked for me. Thanks!! The problem app was LastPass. Quit LastPass, or delete the keyboard short cuts under preferences.

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