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I can put a rectangle around the target area, and it will select all objects, including text

all objects

However in this case I would like to select all objects except text objects, or perhaps select all then deselect the text objects. Does Illustrator have an easy way to do this?

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I think your best bet would be to place different type of objects on different layers... – Benteh Jul 31 '14 at 5:15
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If you plan ahead you can....

  • Select > Object > Text Objects
  • Object > Lock > Selection
  • Click-drag to select what is not locked
  • When done, Object > Unlock All to access the text objects again.

You might also find it helpful to save a selection (Select > Save Selection) this will allow you to quickly re-select something.

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