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I know this question has came up before but I'm not finding it with a search.

In a design such as this there is only one path, but 3 of the nodes are in the exact same location.  How can I grab one of the lower nodes in the stack?  When I try I always get the same node.  The only way I find to do this is to unstack the nodes moving the top one to the side, then move the second...  But when I move the bottom one the original location of the rest is lost.  I was thinking someone had come up with a way to cycle through the nodes in that position to reach the lower nodes but using a modifier key or something else.  Can anyone share a method they have found to do this?  I appreciate any help provided.

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No it is only one path.

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This is just an example.  My actual drawing is much more complicated.  But I have the problem of more than 1 node in the same place on a single path.  And I run into this every so often.  Where I am needing to move the bottom node preferably without moving the top node.  Sometimes it's my design and other times it's caused by doing an Add of 2 or more shapes.

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Don't know if there's a way to select the node beneath, but you could do shift+arrow to nudge the top node a set distance, then nudge it back once you've moved the one you want:

  1. select top node
  2. shift+right arrow to move it
  3. select next node and move wherever you want
  4. select original top node again
  5. shift+left arrow to put it back where it was

How far it moves depends what you have set in preferences > tools > modifier nudge distance, but it should be enough to work from the defaults

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Thanks iaing, that's pretty much what I have been doing.  One node I put one direction, the next one another, etc.  Or I just make a copy of the object so that that location still exists, I can just drag nodes on the original until I find the correct one then drag the others back to where it belongs via snapping to the copy and finally delete the copy.  No good way, but I was hoping someone had found a way.

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On 7/8/2019 at 7:38 PM, Gear maker said:

In a design such as this there is only one path, but 3 of the nodes are in the exact same location.  How can I grab one of the lower nodes in the stack? 

Single click on the top node of the group.
Now Shift + Control drag select the group. This will leave you with just the middle and bottom. (if there were more than three points it would give you everything below the top)
Now Shift click on those two to get just the bottom OR Command click on thom to get just the middle.

cheers

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1 hour ago, JimmyJack said:

Now Shift + Control drag select the group.

This is suboptimal for Windows users until such time as we’re provided with a less clumsy alternative to RMB+LMB where Mac users press Ctrl (). :(

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1 hour ago, Alfred said:

This is suboptimal for Windows users until such time as we’re provided with a less clumsy alternative to RMB+LMB where Mac users press Ctrl (). :(

Actually Mac users press Command () Control looks like (^)

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2 hours ago, Old Bruce said:

Actually Mac users press Command () Control looks like (^)

Oops! Thanks for that. In which case, I (fortuitously) got the symbol right but @JimmyJack got the keypress wrong.

Command (⌘) is OK, because that’s Ctrl on Windows. The awkward one is the Windows counterpart to the Mac Control (^) key.

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4 hours ago, Alfred said:

 but @JimmyJack got the keypress wrong.

Command (⌘) is OK, because that’s Ctrl on Windows. The awkward one is the Windows counterpart to the Mac Control (^) key.

Hmmm, don't think so. Working just as I described ..... on Mac.

Don't know how it converts to PC land. :D

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6 hours ago, JimmyJack said:

 

11 hours ago, Alfred said:

 but @JimmyJack got the keypress wrong.

Command (⌘) is OK, because that’s Ctrl on Windows. The awkward one is the Windows counterpart to the Mac Control (^) key.

Hmmm, don't think so. Working just as I described ..... on Mac.

Don't know how it converts to PC land. :D

Selective quoting! @Old Bruce had asserted that

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Actually Mac users press Command (Control looks like (^)

so I responded

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In which case, I (fortuitously) got the symbol right but @JimmyJack got the keypress wrong.

i.e. if — and only if — Mac users press Command () for this, then that’s OK for Windows users because we simply press Ctrl instead. The current Windows counterpart to Control () is a combination of the left and right mouse buttons, which means that dragging while holding down Shift+Control translates to dragging while holding down Shift+RMB+LMB. Ouch!

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I found one can shuffle points in the same spot along Z-axis with arrow-up/down keys - but it´s a bit of trial&error as you most likely don´t see the point order.

Cheers

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