The Selector Tool

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The Selector tool is a fundamental tool in the program, since almost everything must be selected before it can be edited.

Working much like a hand, the Selector tool also moves, scales, skews and rotates objects.

To move an object:

  • position the mouse over an object;
  • press the mouse button and hold, while dragging it to the desired position (hold Ctrl to move the shape in horizontal or vertical direction only);
  • release the mouse button.

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Drag to move the selection. Transformations (such as moving, scaling, rotating) are easy thanks to the two-way arrows. Click the selection a second time to access skew and rotating functions.

To scale (change the size of) an object:

  • click on it to select it;
  • position the mouse over a two-way arrow on a side or a corner;
  • press the mouse button and hold while dragging it to the desired size (hold Ctrl if you want to preserve the proportions);
  • release the mouse button.

To skew an object:

  • select it, then click it again;
  • position the mouse over a horizontal or vertical two-way arrow;
  • press the mouse button and hold, while dragging it to the desired amount of skew (also hold Ctrl for 15° steps)
  • release the mouse button.

To rotate an object:

  • select it, then click it again;
  • grab a curved two-way arrow in any corner;
  • drag it until the object reaches the desired angle (hold Ctrl for rotating in steps of 15°).

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In some cases, you want to edit more than one object at once. So the Select tool can select more than one object at once.

To select more than one object, there are mainly two ways:

  • click the first object, then hold Shift while clicking each additional object once;
  • or press the mouse button and drag out a rectangular selection box which encloses all the objects.

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Each selected object is framed with a dashed line (known as the bounding box), while the two-way arrows for transformation are placed around the entire selection (one or more than one object).

You can combine the two methods: hold Shift to keep previously selected objects selected, and drag out a selection box to add more objects to the selection. Doing this the other way around works, too: after selecting more than one object by dragging a selection box, hold Shift while you individually click on more objects.

Also notice how the Shift key allows you to sort of toggle a selection: click to add to the selection, click again to remove.