Selection modes

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There are three selection modes:

  1. Moving and changing size
  2. Editing
  3. Rotating points

To set the default mode (1 or 2) for selecting objects, click on the Points button DrawPointsActive.png on the Drawing Toolbar.

In standard mode (when you begin a new drawing), the Points button is not active and the default mode is for selections to be moved or changed in size; these selections are indicated by small green squares.


When the Points button is active, the default mode is for selections to be edited; these selections are indicated by blue squares. Some objects will have one or more extra handles, which are larger or colored differently. This is explained in more detail in Editing object points.


Selections for rotating objects are indicated by small red circles and a symbol representing the center of rotation. To choose these selections, click on the Effects drop-down button DrawEffectsIcon.png from the Drawing Toolbar and after that on the object.


Changing the selection mode

To go from one mode to another, you can do one of the following:

Choose the Points button DrawPointsActive.png from the Drawing Toolbar to switch from simple selection mode to Points mode. You can also use the keyboard shortcut F8 (Points).[1]

Choose the Effects drop-down button from the Drawing Toolbar DrawEffectsIcon.png to activate the Rotation mode for a selected object. To exit Rotation mode, click on the Selection icon. SelectionIcon.png

If you often work in Rotation mode, you can choose the Rotation Mode after Clicking Object button RotationModeIcon.png from the Options bar and cycle through normal and rotation modes just by clicking on the object. This can be more convenient than repeatedly clicking the selected object, then clicking the Rotate button from the Drawing Toolbar.

[1] Keyboard shortcuts can be configured by the user (Tools > Configure > Keyboard). See Chapter 1 for more information.

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