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    Excited to share that the requested functionality is now available in the public builds starting from V 28.3.0.

    WIth the new Enclosed Mode, you can now select ONLY those objects which are completely INSIDE the marquee. 

    To activate the Enclosed Mode, just press 'E' ONCE after you start doing the marquee with the Normal Selection Tool or Group Selection tool. 

    Please note that, 

    1. The button E acts as a toggle, which means you just have to press E once, to get into or out of the enclosed mode.

    2. You have to press E only after doing the marquee, pressing E in empty canvas will invoke the Free Transform tool or the tool the shortcut 'E' is assigned to.

    We made a lot of effort in building this capability, so please try it out and let us what you all think!

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    Alasdair Tarry commented  · 

    It's surprising Illustrator has not adopted what is standard issue across other CAD softwares — AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino 3D. Left-to-right drag only selects objects entirely enclosed inside the selection marquee, right-to-left drag selects all objects crossed and inside the selection marquee.
    It becomes second-nature very quickly and would return a lot of time deselecting points and lines as collateral.

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