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Chapter 3. The Tools Palette > Tools for Selecting and Moving Objects

Tools for Selecting and Moving Objects

The Selection tool and Direct Selection tool are both used for selecting objects on your page. The Selection tool (press V) is used to select objects and their contents together. For example, you can use the Selection tool to move a frame and the picture it contains to a new location on a page.

Use the Direct Selection tool (press A) to manipulate the contents of a picture frame. You can also use this tool to select and modify individual points or segments of a frame or path. The appearance of the Direct Select tool changes subtly depending upon the position of the cursor. The direct select arrow displays a small line if a line segment or portion of a frame will be selected or manipulated, while it displays a hollow white dot adjacent to the arrow if an individual point will be selected or modified. A solid dot is displayed adjacent to the cursor’s arrow if an entire object is being selected or modified.


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