How to Select Objects ?

Before you can edit anything on a slide you must first select it.
An object can be selected by simply moving the mouse over it and clicking it once with the left mouse button.
Click elsewhere on the slide will deselect the object.
If you want to select all the objects on a slide you can select (Edit > Select All).
To select very small objects use the Tab key until the correct one is selected.

You can also click and drag around a group of objects to select them

Selecting Small Objects

When you have very small objects on your slides you may find it hard to select the object you want using the mouse.
An easy way to select small objects is to use the Select Objects command on the Drawing toolbar.

Select Objects - This allows to select any drawn objects.

This button is always selected, unless you select another tool from the Drawing toolbar.
Once the objects have been selected they can then be moved, resized, deleted etc.

Another alternative is to use the Tab key to move between all the objects on a slide can often be very useful when your slide includes small objects.
Press ESC to make sure that no object is selected initially and then press Tab to cycle through all the objects.

Selecting Objects

You cannot start typing anywhere on a slide, you must first select the text object that will contain your text.
Likewise you must select other objects before they can be edited.

The Arrow Cursor - Before you can select anything make sure that the cursor is shaped like an arrow. Make sure the Drawing toolbar Select Objects is not selected !!
Text Objects - To select a text object so you can edit it, move the arrow pointer over the text that you want to edit and press the left mouse button. A rectangular box appears around the object and the background behind the text changes to a solid colour to make the text easier to read. A text cursor will appear so you can start typing.
Non Text Objects - Other type of objects work slightly differently. Click an object and the object is selected The Rectangular box around the object is to let you know that the object is currently selected. After it is selected you can drag it around the slide and resize it. You can edit an object by double clicking on it with the left mouse button.
Click and Drag - It is also possible to select an object(s) by dragging the mouse pointer around the object you want to select. Position the mouse cursor above and to the left of the object you want to select. Click and drag the mouse down and to the right until the rectangle surrounds the object you want to select. release the mouse and the object will be selected.
Tab Key - You can also use the Tab key to select objects. Press the tab key once to select the first object on the slide. Pressing tab again will select the second object on the slide. This is very useful when you cant actually point to the object you are trying to select. This occurs when objects are overlapped.
Shift Key - You can select more than one object by selecting the first object and hold down the shift key to select additional objects.

The outline box for an object can often be hard to see when you have background colours on your slides.
If you have trouble seeing the outline box when an object is selected you could select "View > Color > GrayScale). This lets you choose from three options:
Color Mode - Displays slide in full colour.
Grayscale mode - Displays colours as shades of grey
Pure Black and White mode - Shows the slides in black and white.

Things to Remember

  • If you delete an object by mistake you can always undo it by pressing the Undo button on the Standard toolbar.

  • Viewing your slides in greyscale mode or black and white may make the handles easier to spot.

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