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Adobe InDesign - Selecting Objects

This guide will show you the differences between the Selection Tool and the Direction Selection Tool


Using the Selection tool: 

Select text and graphics frames, and works with an object using its bounding box.

Clicking the content grabber (the donut) that appears when the mouse pointer is held over an image, can manipulate the image within the frame without switching to the Direct Selection tool.

  1.     Using the selection tool, click on an object and manipulate its bounding box.
  2.     If the object is an unfilled path, click its edge. If the object is an image, click the content grabber to select the bounding box of the image, or click outside the content grabber to select the frame.
    • Alternatively you can drag a dotted selection rectangle or marquee around part or all of the object.

Using the Direct Selection tool: 

Using the Direct Selection tool , click the path to select it.

Notice how the tool changes when it’s above a path  or a point  .

Do any of the following:

  1.     To select an individual point, click it.
  2.     To select multiple points on the path, press Shift and click each point.
  3.     To select all of a path’s points at once, click the point at the center of the object, or hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click the path. Direct-select any part of the object, the Select All command also selects all the points.

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:id, "Images and Objects", "Selection Tool", "Direct Selection Tool"   Doc ID:64376
Owner:Richard L.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2016-06-22 13:44 CSTUpdated:2016-12-20 11:48 CST
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