Select objects

Sizing handles (sizing handle: One of the small circles or squares that appears at the corners and sides of a selected object. You drag these handles to change the size of the object.) indicate that the object or group of objects has been selected.

Do one of the following:

ShowSelect one object

 Note   To select an object that is under other objects, first select the object on top, and then press the TAB key to cycle forward (or SHIFT+TAB to cycle backward) through the objects.

ShowSelect multiple objects


To select hidden or stacked objects, you can also use the Select Multiple Objects command. Add this button to the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.).

ShowSelect one or more objects without using the mouse

  1. If it is not on your Drawing toolbar, add the Select Multiple Objects button.


  1. Press ALT+F , and then press CTRL+TAB until you select the Drawing toolbar.
  2. Press the RIGHT ARROW key until you reach the More Buttons arrow.
  3. Press the DOWN ARROW key. The Add or Remove Buttons menu will appear.
  4. Press the DOWN ARROW key, press the RIGHT ARROW key, and then press TAB until you reach the Select Multiple Objects button, and then press ENTER.
  1. On the Drawing toolbar, click Select Multiple Objects .
  2. Select the checkbox next to the object or objects you want, and then click OK.


  • To deselect all of the objects, click anyplace but on the objects.
  • To deselect one object at a time, hold down SHIFT and click the object.


  • If you are having difficulty selecting a specific object or group of objects, click the Zoom box to magnify the view.
Applies to:
Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, PowerPoint 2003