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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!

    Ali supported this idea  · 
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    Ali commented  · 

    I think this is essential and I am not sure why Ai doesn't have it.
    I like to select some shapes in a group of shapes that are not grouped.
    For example in attached file, I like to drag and select only the shapes that are fully enclosed in the mouse drag area.
    I don't want to select the objects that only a portion of them are in the mouse drag area.
    Inkscape has this option and is extremely handy.
    That is strange, we have all kinds of selection tools but lacking the very basic selection!

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