Is anyone else struggling with the changes to the Select functionality?

  • 24 December 2021
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Since the changes to the select functionality over the last few days - I now find that whenever I want to select something (or somethings) within a container of some decription - whether a box, table or something else - it ALWAYS selects the container as well - even if I go nowhere near the edges.  I’m finding this very frustrating. Any suggestions.


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@Kate McRae -

Can you post a Loom (or similar) video of what you are experiencing as I just did a test on my Windows 10/Google Chrome configuration and couldn’t replicate this? I had a frame with a sticky note, a rectangle, and a circle inside the rectangle. I was able to independently select and move each element without it selecting all of them. All of them are ungrouped, of course.

Kiron

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I suspect that @Kate McRae is referring to the fact that objects only used to be selected using Shift+drag if they were fully encased in the blue select area/rectangle.

With the recent changes, as soon as the blue select-rectangle touches an object, they become selected

In this example, I would have been able to easily select the two sticky notes by dragging around them. However, how the yellow rounded-rectangle gets selected too:

 

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Since the changes to the select functionality over the last few days - I now find that whenever I want to select something (or somethings) within a container of some decription - whether a box, table or something else - it ALWAYS selects the container as well - even if I go nowhere near the edges.  I’m finding this very frustrating. Any suggestions.

Yes - I have this same problem, and I thought it was just me.  Happy to post a screen recording.

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I suspect this was an intentional and is considered to be an improvement. 

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Hi everyone, want to answer a few of the open questions here: we indeed rolled out the updated selection behavior to all users at the end of December. 

  • Selection of sticky notes, shapes, text, emojis, frames, and lines is now much easier because we allow to select them when the lasso is touching only ~1% of the object.

The updated selection behavior may not be working for you as expected if you use shapes as background for other board objects (for example, text).

If you want to ensure you don’t select shapes when selecting other board objects on top of them, please, hold the mouse button or touch bar for a long click. This way you will be able to drag the board objects that you intended to re-position without accidentally moving shapes. 

@Kate McRae, please, let me know if this is helpful, or you are still finding your experience with selecting board objects suboptimal? 

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@Lena Shenkarenko - Brilliant - thanks for sharing!

Example:

When I left-click-and-drag, I select any object my select blue/outline comes in contact with… but if I hold the left mouse button down for 1-2 seconds, it turns into a plus symbol and now I need to full encase an object in order for it to become selected:

 

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@Lena Shenkarenko - Feedback I have been hearing is that: “If you want the new behaviour, do the new action”, i.e., hold down the mouse button. Now users may suffer “death by a thousand long holds”.

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It took me more than 2 weeks to find that there was a work around to get the ‘’select contained’’ selection mode back. @Lena Shenkarenko Have the development team considered adding a physical entry point to change the selection mode so that we would still have the flexibility of the two selection mode while not having to do unnecessary long presses each time?

Something like what Axure is doing:

 

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Apologies @Lena Shenkarenko - have been on leave, and just back today. 

 

Will check out your suggestion and get back to you. 

 

I suspect the problem is as you describe - that the select function now includes background shapes - which we use regularly to delineate the board.  

That said - I do use the long click already - so I’m not sure that will fix things. 

Will give it a go.

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