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Color Page Background without using the Rectangle tool?

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It is easy to color the background with the rectangle tool.

But it totally sabotages any further work.

I just tried to move a whole composition on a black background - but I can't select them. because of this damn rectangle tool whenever I try to select the elements on the page, the frame tool gets selected and the frame moves, but not the content.

How can I get out of this? 

I'd like to fill the page with black without the annoying rectangle tool that sits like a block there and prohibits selecting a larger group of items and therefore moving them. I can only select one of two, but not eight or nine elements to move together. The rectangle tool blocks everything.

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A couple of choices:

  1. Select the objects using the Layers panel.
  2. Lock the rectangle layer in the Layers panel before selecting the other objects.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1903 (18362.239), 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
Affinity Photo and Beta   / Affinity Designer and Beta  / Affinity Publisher and Beta

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