Is there a way to drag the mouse to select multiple multiple layers in the LAYERS panel?

Explorer ,
Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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I'd like to be able to select multiple layers in my layers panel by dragging the mouse over the layers instead of having to shift+click in each layer. Is there anyway to do this?

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Paul

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017
Select one layer and then shift click the ending layer to select the range of layers.You may have actually meant selecting the contents of the layers which unfortunately you cannot do. You can lock layers  you do not want to select and use select all, is the best I can advise.

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Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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Select one layer and then shift click the ending layer to select the range of layers.

You may have actually meant selecting the contents of the layers which unfortunately you cannot do. You can lock layers  you do not want to select and use select all, is the best I can advise.

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Yeah, I was hoping I could drag over the little dots on the side and select layer content as I dragged like you can with locking layers, but I guess not. Locking the other layers sounds like the way to go. Thanks for the help.

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Apr 21, 2017 Apr 21, 2017

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After many years of using Illustrator i at one point learned best not to create too many layers. But then I work in packaging design and could see other industries such as cartography needing more than a several layers. I also stay away for creating sublayers as there are buggy and annoying selection issues with those.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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In a previous version (10 or 15 years ago?), there WAS a way to drag across the layer names to select them. I don't recall if it was (OPTION + drag) or (CTRL + drag), but I would certainly love to have that shortcut again. (Time to submit a feature request!)

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Dec 11, 2020 Dec 11, 2020

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Click the first target symbol and then press Shift and click the last one to select all those objects in a row.

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