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Is there a way to access/open a group without ungrouping it and selecting ONLY inside that group? In other words, I want to be able to drag-select items inside a group without selecting any elements outside of the group.

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Hi MatthijsR :)

You can expand a group in the layers panel and select/drag only the grouped elements here. If I've misunderstood your question, please let me know!

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I wanted to use cross-selection on the artboard. So if I am on the artboard with let's say 2 groups on top of eachother. Now I want to use the cross selection to select elements from 1 group only. If they don't overlap, you can select with CTRL+drag select. But if the groups overlap, you will select elements from both groups.

If I could freeze everything on the canvas EXCEPT the elements of 1 group, I can select and edit safely inside that group without touching anything outside of the group.

The layers panel won't work with many elements in a group or elements that are not listed together (many, times CTRL+click)

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Select the group from which you don't want to select any object. Hide the group. That is, uncheck the group in the layer panel. After that, you can only select on screen what is visible.


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13 hours ago, gdenby said:

Select the group from which you don't want to select any object. Hide the group.

Or lock it.


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