There are two options available in the select menu (Object and Same) - you can use these to select the objects based on Object .....say all type objects, all brushes, etc and other is on the basis of Same - like fill color, etc
Select any object and then go to Select menu and choose Same - you can use any property like Fill color in this case, then all the objects in the artwork having same color as that of the selected object will get selected and then you can group them together or you can change the properties - like color then and there.
Hope this will streamline your workflows and save your time...
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If it is a question about changing the color then all you have to do is use the Edit>Edit Color>Recolor Art then you do not have to even group them.
Also read online Help to understand the Magic Wand tool. DoubleClick it to open its palette. Turn on both of the "show" options stupidly buried in its flyout menu to make its tolerance settings visible. Once you've got the palette fully open, you should be able to figure out its selection behavior from there.
(The silly "show options" command in various palettes' flyout menus is one of the most ill-conceived interface elements in Adobe applications. What the heck is a palette for if not to "show options"? It causes beginners and even intermediate users to become habituated to overlooking important settings. I've always viewed this as a lazy workaround to avoid the care and thoughtfulness necessary to design an elegant, uncluttered, and space-efficient interface. Sheesh--before we know it they'll appear a "Show Menu Selections" command as the first item in every menu.)
I tried to "correct answer" all your posts, but it only let me do one of them, but all of you helped me learn much more about this program. Thanks.
The functionality of Show Options in the flyout menu of panels can also be got by clicking on up-down pointing arrows to the side of the panel's name. The Show Options functionality is quite useful (& not stupidly designed) - for example, the Transparency panel. Here the Show Options reveals options like Isolate Blendiing etc. which are useful in certain situations & they are understood only by advanced pro users. To have these options available everytime you open the panel can be intimidating for some. So it looks like there is quite some thought given to how the UI is designed in most Adobe applications.
As long as you were helped, I think it is good enough.