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Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Signal » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:25 am

H there, I don't seem to be able to select multiple objects in my text document, for example say I have a new text document open as default, In it I add two frames. Why cant I select them both simaltainiously? neither the select tool, shift click, select all or drag select allow me to do this. If I can't select them both, then they can't be grouped etc.
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby robleyd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:39 am

Make new document; add two frames and click outside the frames; select all; copy; insert manual page break; click in new page; paste. What happens?
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Signal » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:10 am

Ah OK, I sucessfully managed to reproduce what you described, this is good, however what seems to be happening with my main text doc is select all is only selecting an empty parragraph beneath the various objects rather than the entire page. no problem I thought I'll do as you suggested only this time after "select all" I hit delete to delete the empty parragraph but no ball, now when I sellect all and copy there's nothing at all going in to the clipboard. I guess this might have something to do with either a layer problem, like some of the frames over lapping, some are moved back behind, others in front. I'll keep investigating.
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Bill » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:33 am

Selection of multiple objects is not supported in Writer:

Issue 17860 - Use shift select when selecting multiple picture/drawing objects
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Signal » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:37 am

It's only selecting an empty text field behind the frames so it won't copy the three frames to the clipboard only the empty text.

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This is after I hit escape multiple times. I hit sellect all, copy, new break, paste. . . it just pastes the empty text, not the frames.
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Signal » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:40 am

Bill wrote:Selection of multiple objects is not supported in Writer:

Issue 17860 - Use shift select when selecting multiple picture/drawing objects


Thanks Bill, it's good to know it wasn't me. but I have managed to copy multiple empty frames using the select all function, however I no longer am able to do so. could it be becasue the frames have text and color?

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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby Signal » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:30 am

robleyd wrote:Make new document; add two frames and click outside the frames; select all; copy; insert manual page break; click in new page; paste. What happens?



This was seriously frustraiting and took me over an hour to figure out.

You have to do it specifically in this order: Click on page, Insert Manual Break, Select All, Copy, (Then again Insert Manual Break) Paste! This then gives me two identical pages.

I now have a serious headache.
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Re: Selecting Multiple objects

Postby musikai » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:47 pm

You can select and copy multiple Draw objects even if there is only 1 paragraph in the odt. (This is a special case)
select the first object. Then press shift and draw a selection area around all objects.

Besides from that special case it should work to select an object and then shift click others.

Note that Objects have an anchor and are anchored to the text. So if you have a text passage selected only the included anchored objects will get selected with.
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