I have two paths that do not appear to have any intersections but if I select one of the other they both get selected. Is this because they touch somewhere or is there a way to "link" paths that I am not aware of?

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Here is a screen capture of the same thing https://i.sstatic.net/Bbyoi.jpg

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    That would appear to be a compound shape -- i.e. a shape with a "hole" in it. So when you click one, you select the entire shape with it's hole.
    – Scott
    Aug 23, 2019 at 16:51
  • I see, aside from zooming and and searching the entire path is there a way to locate the hole?
    – sealfab
    Aug 23, 2019 at 16:56
  • the hole will be the inner path. I'm not an inkscape user. Perhaps someone will come along and explain based on that application usage.
    – Scott
    Aug 23, 2019 at 16:58

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With the paths selected as in the image, click Path, Break Apart. If that doesn't split them into individual paths and objects, I'll be surprised, but you would then use the Ungroup option. Both (or more) paths will remain selected, but you'll see marquee boxes in more than one location after the break apart action.

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