In CS5 through CS3, when in illustrator (PC version) with default preferences you could:
- First hold down the ALT key and then drag the cursor over multiple layers in the layers panel to select all the objects contained within those layers,
- First click a layer and then press and hold the ALT key while dragging the cursor to duplicate a single layer to a new location
in CS6 Both actions have the same outcome: duplicating the layer that was initially clicked
Does anyone know if the ability to select multiple objects via the layers panel by alt-click-then-dragging was removed/forgotten or if there is a preference that needs adjusting?
It appears to be another casualty of The 64bit Rewrite... There's also some interface weirdness that came along in the Layers panel as well - if you click on the selection dot, you can dupe with alt/option, but there's no indication that you are. If you click in the area around the name of the object/layer, then you see a box with a plus, indicating duplication...
I would submit a feature request... https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform
Any thing wrong with holding a shift key and rather than dragging through a bunch of layers just clicking on the first and last one you want?
A lot more efficient.
If you need then to be selected in a incongruous sequence then use the control key and click on each layer regardless of the order or sequence.
Yeah, yeah we know but it was so challenging to drag through twenty layers that clicking twice is really spoiling the fun.
Wade, in CS5 and earlier, if you shift-click multiple layers, they are highlighted (which means you can act on them in certain ways, e.g., with the buttons at the base of the layers panel) but the objects on each of those layers are not selected. The only way I know to select all the objects on multiple layers is to option-drag through the layer names in the layers panel.
Has this changed in CS6?
@Doug Katz Yes this has changed in CS6 (tested Mac and PC) alt/option dragging "grabs" and copies the first layer clicked. instead of selecting all objects on the layers the cursor is dragged accross.
@Wade_Zimmerman - the action you mention only selects the layers (when clicking the layer name space), not the objects within the layers. This action when applied to the selection dot would make a great feature request (and seem like it should've been obvious to adobe's programmers) but currently that action applied to the selection dot has the same outcome as holding the cotrol key (2 separate selections instead of selecting all objects first to last clicked.)
Even a combination of selecting the layers and then a key command for "select objects on highlighted layers" would be sufficient.
@Jessham, I noticed that duplication oddity as well but i've just chalked it up to new version quirks.
If anyone reading this knows a work around to selecting many objects at once via the layers panel (e.g. not single clicking each selection dot or hunting for them in the artboard) be it a series of key commands or a script etc, posting here would be hugely appreciated.
Your suggestion doesn't work in CS6. We're talking about selecting the contents of the layers, not merely layers in the layers panel.
I'm looking at over 100 layers right now, and I've got to select dozens at a time. It's a real pain having to click each stinking selection circle.
Yeesh, there's no way to select a bunch of adjacent layers in the panel? Seriously?
I'm moving my project back to CS5. I liked some of CS6's new features, but this won't do.
Message was edited by mapsnmad; sorry, was too sarcastic before.
I know this is not as efficient as the alt+drag object selection (I need it back in CS6 too), but here is a method:
Note: I use "layer" to refer to the row of each object in the layers panel.
All the objects should be selected.
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