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I want to select the circles in the image that are in the bottom left corner. Imagine I have 100 circles, so doing it manually is impractical. Is there a way to select objects using something else than a square marquee?

I tried using the lasso tool, but I can't always grab the four points that make up each circle (the longest diagonal is partially selected). Is there a way to expand a partial selection of a path to select the entire object?

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Another option would be to rotate the grid of circles 45°, and then draw a normal marquee selection. Selection
This will select a triangular portion of your grid:
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You can then make that set of circles a group for future selection, or make whatever adjustments you wanted to them, and then rotate the whole grid back -45°.
By utilizing groups and isolation mode, you should be able to make whatever selection and adjustments you want without affecting any surrounding artwork.

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You know, that's kind of brilliant –  nachocab Dec 7 '13 at 16:10

Use the Lasso Tool and hold Shift to add to the selection.

Beyond that, you have to click circles or use the Layers Panel to select things. There is no "free select" tool in Illustrator beyond the Lasso or Wand Tools.

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In this particular example, I'd marquee select the bottom left four circles, then shift-marquee select the two stragglers.

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yeah, the problem is when you have a 100 by 100 grid of circles. –  nachocab Dec 5 '13 at 2:44
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I see what your saying, but it's still the same selection "geometry" if you will. One thing I've found handy is even if you can only partially select a path, hide it. Once I've whisked through my selections and hide them all, just "Show All" to release all your paths, nicely pre selected in one go. So you may not be able to do a really complicated selection in one go, but you can do a bunch of quick simple ones to end up at the same place. –  TunaMaxx Dec 5 '13 at 23:36

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