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Does InDesign have a similar 'Type object selection by path only’ as Illustrator?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 29, 2023 Dec 29, 2023

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Adobe Illustrator has the feature of 'Type object selection by path only,' which aids in selecting objects in proximity to a text object when the text box does not entirely align with the perimeter of characters, making it challenging to select other objects underneath the text object in the layer order. I couldn't find a similar option in InDesign. Does InDesign have a similar feature?

 

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Dec 29, 2023 Dec 29, 2023

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No, there is no similarity there like you have in Illustrator preferences.

But you might consider organizing textframes on a text layer, and graphic object frames on a graphics layer. If you lock an upper layer, you can freely select things on the lower layer.

Another idea is to Cmd/Ctrl+click down and past and through the top object to get to the object you want underneath. This is an operational keyboard-and-mouse shortcut (and it works nicer than the same trick in Illustrator).

Mike Witherell

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Thank you, Mike! I am already using layer orders and shortcuts across the Adobe suite. However, there are some cases where ordering layers does not make logical sense because there is no actual overlap between layers. Instead, the text boxes are overlapping, making it challenging to select the underlying object. Please see the attached screenshot.Screenshot 2023-12-29 at 5.00.56 PM.png

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Dec 30, 2023 Dec 30, 2023

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You can select objects down through an overlapping stack by holdiong the Ctrl/Cmd key and clicking repeatededly until you reach to one you want.

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From your screenshot - as the "xx/yy" TextFrame is a bit wider than a "number" - you shouldn't have a problem selecting those TextFrames.

 

Depends on what you are doing - and as long as you are working on a PC - you could use free version of my tool to navigate and modify your document more efficiently.

 

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Those two tiny textframes that you illustrated might easily be produced as one textframe, and therefore the selecting would become easier. I am always looking for ways to let the paragraph style do the layout work for me.

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