Before you can do anything with any object on the canvas, select it. This applies to a vector object, path, or points; a text block, word, or letter; a slice or hotspot; an instance; or a bitmap object. To select an object, use the Layers panel or a selection tool.
- The Layers panel
- Displays each object. You can click an object in the Layers panel to select it when the panel is open and layers are expanded.
- The selection tools
- Each has a specific purpose:
The Pointer tool selects objects when you click the objects or drag a selection area around them.
The Subselection tool selects an individual object in a group or the points of a vector object.
The Select Behind tool selects an object that is behind another object.
The Export Area tool selects an area to be exported as a separate file.
Select objects by clicking
Move the Pointer tool over the object's path or bounding box and click.
Click the object's stroke or fill.
Select the object in the Layers panel.To preview what is selected when you click an object beneath the pointer on the canvas, select the Mouse Highlight option in the Editing category of the Preferences dialog box.
Select objects by dragging
Drag the Pointer tool to include one or more objects in the selection area.
Move or modify objects with the Subselection tool
Use the Subselection tool to select, move, or modify points on a vector path or an object that is part of a group.
Select the Subselection tool.
Make a selection.
Do one of the following:
To modify an object, drag one of its points or selection handles.
To move the entire object, drag anywhere in the object except a point or selection handle.
Select an object that is behind other objects
Click the Select Behind tool repeatedly over the stacked objects, starting with the top until you select the object you want.
Selection information in the Property inspector
When you select an object, the Property inspector identifies the selection. The upper left area of the Property inspector contains a description of the item being inspected, and the number of selected objects if multiple objects are selected. The Property inspector also provides a box for entering a name for the items selected.
(Windows only) If the status bar is turned on, selected objects are identified in the status bar at the bottom of the document window.