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Behavior of "Insert Behind the Selection" when dragging files onto a Designer document

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Note: This applies to 1.7.1 of Publisher, Designer, and Photo, even though I'm only posting in the Designer Bugs forum. It also happens in beta of Designer and Photo.

According to the Help, the "Insert Behind the Selection" button on the Toolbar should behave like this:

  • Insert behind the selection—when selected, new objects are added below the currently selected object(s).

The Help also tells us (in Targeting Objects):


Targeting allows you to decide the z-order, or nesting, of an object during creation.

By default, drawn or placed objects are positioned:

  • Directly above the current selection.
  • At the top of the layer, if there is no selection.

This default targeting behavior can be modified so objects can be placed or drawn below the selection, at the top of the layer (regardless of selection), or nested inside a selection.

That is true in general.

However, for one specific case it is not true. If you drag a file from the File Explorer onto the Designer document, rather than going below the currently selected object, it goes at the bottom of the entire layer stack.

I'm not sure if this is an error in the Help, or an error in the program functionality.


  1. Create a document.
  2. Create two objects of any kind.
  3. Select the top object (second one created, or by selecting the top layer in the Layers panel).
  4. Click the "Insert behind the selection" button on the Toolbar.
  5. Drag an image file onto the document from File Explorer.
  6. Note that it appears at the bottom of the layer stack, rather than between the two objects as expected from the description of the button's function.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo and Beta   / Affinity Designer and Beta  / Affinity Publisher and Beta

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