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Chapter 20. Selecting with Complex Stack... > Your Secret Weapon: The Group Select...

Your Secret Weapon: The Group Selection Tool

You’ve created a complex page with groups inside groups inside groups. You’ve lost track of how things are organized. And you’re missing QuarkXPress’s dotted line border to see where the groups are. How do find out what’s what?

Your answer is InDesign’s secret weapon: The mysterious Group Selection tool. You can’t see it on the Tools palette, but it’s always at your disposal. Here’s how it works: In Figure 20-1, we’ve created two groups—the circles and the squares—then we grouped these two groups together. Click once with the Direct Selection tool on a path segment (not anchor point). Then, to get the Group Selection tool, hold down the Option/Alt key (the + cursor shows you have the right tool) and click again. This time the entire path is selected. A third Option/Alt-click shows the first level of grouping. A fourth click shows the second level of grouping. Each time you click with the Group Selection tool, you get the next hierarchy of grouping.


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