In Illustrator sometimes in one layer we have to draw many things. and I want to select them all in a fast way. Neither double click on the main layer or shift click the sublayers works, How can I select many sublayers in Illustrator?

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    You are supposed to click on the circle on the right
    – joojaa
    Jul 1, 2022 at 18:17
  • :( :'( So long I waited. Thank you. Jul 1, 2022 at 18:50
  • Same here, too much complexity. There's no need to have all these layers. If you want to organise things, use groups.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 1, 2022 at 19:15
  • @BillyKerr Group creates problem in After Effects. Sometimes you need only one layer. Jul 2, 2022 at 3:16

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Joojaa answered in comments, but...

To select a layer, sublayer, or object via the Layers Panel you need to click the little circle to the right of the layer/object. That is the "select" trigger.

You can Shift-click or Command/Ctrl-click the circle for multiple objects.

Highlighting Layers/sublayers/objects in the Layers Panel only allows you to perform operations in the panel itself - via the icons at the bottom of the panel, or the panel menu - such as duplicating or deleting things. Highlights in the Layers Panel don't actually select anything in terms of what's on any artboard(s).

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