I started working with a new client doing a series of 1-on-1 coaching sessions. In the first session, we were going over a slide and I needed to select 2 objects to move them together.
Use the Shift key to select more than one object
Since we were working via webinar software, he couldn’t see what I was doing on my keyboard. So I explained, “I’m selecting this photo, then pressing Shift and selecting the text box with the caption, so I can move them together.”
He exclaimed, “I didn’t know that! Do you know how much time I spend moving individual objects? That tip is worth the price of all the sessions together!”
In the slide on the right, you see 2 objects, a photo and a text box, selected.
Hopefully, my client will get more value that that! But it made me think how small tips can be hugely valuable.
If you want to select more than 2 objects, a selection box may be quicker. Click and then drag to create a box. Everything inside the box is selected.
But when you have an underlying object that covers all or most of the slide and want to select objects on top of that object, clicking on the slide will select the underlying object. In this case, the trick is to click off the slide and then drag across the slide. Be sure to include only the objects you want to select inside the selection box.
Cycle through overlapping objects
For another selection scenario, see my separate tip on selecting individual objects when they are overlapping — and you want the one on the bottom.
Do you have any selection tips? Did you find these tips helpful? Leave a comment!