Many times I make a box around a collection of elements and want to select all the elements within that containing box, but not the box itself.

If my selection includes the center of the containing box, it will select the box.

I never had this frustration with CS6 so I think they may have changed it for CC. I think previously it would only select the containing box if it had a fill.

Changing the preferences to only select by path only does not fix this behavior.

Is there any way to change this behavior?

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Its the same in CS6 as it is in CC. In fact, I think it's pretty much always been the same. Or at least since AI4 or 6.

If you have the Attributes Panel set to show the center point, it's then selectable.

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If you don't want objects to be selected by their center point, select the object and turn off the center point display by clicking the button without the little dot on it.

Sidebar: The Attributes Panel is a great example of great Adobe UI decisions.... two buttons to simply toggle something on or off.

  • Thanks! It should be obvious that I am not that proficient in AI :) Do you know if it is possible to change the default behavior so I don't have to change it for each item? Haha, I think they should have 3 buttons to toggle it ;) Sep 10, 2015 at 19:31

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