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Why is it that when you click on one of the selected objects in Illustrator while using the Selection Tool, it has a bolder bounding box? What is this behavior called?

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It is the key object selection, which is used for alignment purposes (align to key object)


Some helpful links:

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/100567/63979

https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/91059/63979

and

https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/moving-aligning-distributing-objects.html#main-pars_heading_13

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