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Chapter 4. Working with Objects > Selecting Objects

Selecting Objects

Once you’ve created objects, you can use different techniques to select them.

To select by clicking:

1.
Choose the Selection tool (black arrow) in the Toolbox .

The Selection tool in the Toolbox selects entire objects. The Direct Selection tool selects a point on an object or images inside objects.

2.
Click the object you want to select.

3.
Hold the Shift key to select any additional objects.

Tip

Hold the Shift key and click on a selected object to deselect that object.

Tip

To select objects behind others, hold the Command/Ctrl key as you click the mouse button.

You can also select objects by dragging an area, or selection marquee, around the object.

To select by dragging a marquee:

1.
Choose the Selection tool.

2.
Drag along a diagonal angle to create a marquee around the objects you want to select .

Drag to create a marquee to select objects.

Tip

You do not need to marquee the entire object to select it. Objects are selected if any portion is within the marquee.

Tip

Hold the Shift key and drag around another area to add to a selection.

You can also use a menu command to select all the objects on a page.

To select all the objects on a page:

  • Choose Edit > Select All.

    Tip

    This command works only if you do not have an insertion point blinking inside a text frame (see page 50).

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