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The Selection panel of the Control Board

The Selection panel displays with a click on the corresponding button Button image at the top of the Control Board The Control Board is a component of the Atlantis GUI that brings together various tools and commands for document design. It is a set of panels each of which deals with one specific characteristic of the active document:

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The Selection panel is primarily meant for dealing with items of a multiple selection. The panel by default lists the fragments currently selected in the active document:

The Selection panel of the Control Board

You can double-click a fragment in the Selection panel to bring into view the corresponding selected fragment in the document window. This is how the panel can be used to navigate among items of a multiple selection.

Although the Selection panel is a convenient tool for navigating among selected document fragments, its main purpose is to let you perform various actions on individual items of a multiple selection without losing the multiple selection itself.

Let's take an example. Let's suppose that you need to revise all the document paragraphs associated with the paragraph style named "My style". You can click the corresponding style in the Styles panel of the Control Board The Control Board is a component of the Atlantis GUI that brings together various tools and commands for document design. It is a set of panels each of which deals with one specific characteristic of the active document:

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, then use the Select paragraphs associated with highlighted style Button image command of the Styles panel to select all the paragraphs associated with "My style" as a multiple selection. You can now navigate among selected paragraphs in any suitable way (including the Selection panel). But if you decide to make a change to any of the selected paragraphs, the other selected paragraphs would be deselected, and the multiple selection would be lost.

This is when the Selection panel will be most useful. You can use it to "lock" the current document selection so that each fragment of the selection could be edited or formatted independently from other fragments.

To lock the current document selection, click the Lock selection Button image button at the bottom of the Selection panel. After this the Selection panel would start listing the locked fragments. Those fragments would display in the document window with hatching:

Locked selection

After locking the document selection, you can perform various actions on any fragment of the locked selection without running into risk of losing other items of the locked selection. You can even make new selections in the document. The locked selection would be still available in the Selection panel.

You can navigate among fragments of a locked selection by double-clicking corresponding items in the Selection panel.

Information about locked selection is not saved to a document file.

When the locked selection is not needed any more, you can click the Lock selection Button image button at the bottom of the Selection panel to cancel the lock.


When the Mouse Hover Previews option is checked in the settings menu of the Control Board:

Mouse Hover Previews

hovering the mouse over the selected fragments in the panel temporarily highlights them in the document window:

The Selection panel previews


The toolbar at the bottom of the Selection panel includes the following commands:

Command Button Description
Lock selection Button image This command is a toggle.

When there is a locked selection in the document (i.e. when this command is toggled on or "checked"), this command unlocks the locked selection, and the Selection panel starts reporting ordinary selected fragments. You will uncheck this command when the currently locked selection is not needed anymore.

When there is no locked selection in the document (i.e. when this command is toggled off or "unchecked"), this command locks the current selection in the active document

When the document selection is locked, you can edit or format any fragment of the document as suitable without losing the already locked selection. With the Selection panel, you can navigate among the fragments of the locked selection.
Include in locked selection Button image Adds the current document selection to the locked selection.
Exclude from locked selection Button image Excludes the fragment(s) selected in the Selection panel from the locked selection. Use Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click, or CtrlShift+Click to select multiple items in the Selection panel.
Delete locked fragment Button image Deletes the fragment(s) selected in the Selection panel from the active document. Use Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click, or CtrlShift+Click to select multiple items in the Selection panel.
Copy locked fragment Button image Sends the fragment(s) selected in the Selection panel to the Windows Clipboard. Use Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click, or CtrlShift+Click to select multiple items in the Selection panel.
Reselect locked fragment Button image The fragment(s) selected in the Selection panel get selected in the document as ordinary selection. Use Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click, or CtrlShift+Click to select multiple items in the Selection panel.

All the commands of the Selection panel that lock or unlock selected fragments, are undoable.

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