Have you tried Ctrl + click?
Yes. I use shift + click when I want to select items in a sublayer consecutively. If I want to select them at random, I use control + click. At first it works ok, then as I keep clicking then it starts selecting other layers. Does the radio button on the right hand side of the layer mean that it is active? Does it have any other meaning other than that?
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That little button indicates that at least some content on that layer
has been selected. Another limitation is that if you chose to copy
all that content, Fireworks would not include the sub layers (or
layers) themselves when pasting. It would just group everything into a
single layer. Not very good, if you ask me. That's the behavior on my
Mac anyway. I'd need to check my PC to see if it's consistent.
In short, I don't think it's anything you are doing wrong.
It's more of a nusance than anything because I am selecting certain sub layers that I want to copy and while I am doing that in the meantime other sublayers are being selected in other layers. It's sound confusing I know. I'm just going to have to pay attention to what is being selected. If not, I end with duplicates of layers that I don't want copied.
Thank you for your help.
I was having the exact same issue, Mac OSX/Fireworks CS4. Shift clicking consecutive layers seems to incorrectly select ALL objects in layers ABOVE the selected layers. However, using cmd+click to select the layers instead does what it should.
In my Fireworks CS6 for Windows using a UK standard keyboard, you have to press the left Shift instead of the right Shift to select mutliple layers.
Hope this helps