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Using the Direct Selection Tool

With the Direct Selection tool, you can select individual points and segments of a path. After you select one or more individual points and segments, you can add or subtract items to/from the selection. In addition, you can also use the Direct Selection tool and drag a marquee to select parts of the path or drag over a portion of it to create a selection rectangle.

Select Anchor Points and Segments with the Direct Selection Tool

  • yellow-circle-1.jpg Click the Direct Selection tool on the Tools panel.

    The pointer becomes an arrow.

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  • yellow-circle-2.jpg Position the arrow on the edge of the path and click to select a segment, and then click an anchor point to select it.

    • You can also select an anchor point directly. Pass the pointer over a path, point to an anchor point and then click it.
    • You can also drag a marquee across all or part of the object to select the entire path.
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  • yellow-circle-3.jpg To add or subtract anchor points or segments from the selection, hold down the Shift key, and then click unselected items to add them or selected items to subtract them from the selection.

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