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Select Several Objects At Once

Monday, November 22nd, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS PowerPoint

Select Several Objects At Once

In MS PowerPoint, you can select several objects with one click and drag of the mouse.

Replacing the old “Shift + mouse click (repeated over and over on each individual object) routine” we have the lovely and wonderful one click and drag option.

Most people are aware of this neat little trick on the desktop. Where you click on the desktop, hold down the left mouse button and drag. A dotted-line rectangle is drawn and everything in the rectangle is selected once you release the mouse button.

Well – as I was working on a PowerPoint presentation the other day – I accidentally figured out that I didn’t need to waste all that time holding down the Shift key and selecting each item. (I had something like 30 separate text boxes and was frustrated with all the selecting. In my fit of frustration I clicked and dragged a rectangle and much to my surprise all the objects in the rectangle were instantly selected. Yeah!)

I tried this in Word and got nowhere, but… for those of use who use PowerPoint with a lot of objects this is a huge timesaver.

Give it a whirl – you might just save yourself some time and frustration.

(Just a quick note here – I did find that you must have the object completely in the rectangle – if an object is only partially in the rectangle it will not be selected.)

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