How do I bulk-select consecutive target layers in the Layers panel in Illustrator?


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

In most UIs, selecting item 2 and shift-clicking on item 6 would select the following:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

but in Illustrator when you click on the target icon in the Layers panel to select a layer and shift-click another layer, it does not select any of the layers between them.

How can this be accomplished?

6/27/2016 12:23:00 PM

To bulk-select objects on different layers using the layers palette (from CS6 on, previous versions worked), there's this work around.

ithaca.andy - Instead of trying to select the layers, click and hold the "lock" icon while sliding from the first layer to the last layer you want to select.Once you've locked the layers, press Ctrl+Alt+2 to unlock the layers and they should be the only layers selected.

Note: if you want to do more complex selections - shift click or command click to choose various selections of layers (ie non contiguous) as shown on previous answer. Then go to Layer palette fly-out menu, choose Options For Selection.., lock the layers, then use the Ctrl-Alt-2 shortcut to unlock them. It's a longer process, but works if you have more complex selections than simple contiguous.

6/13/2019 9:55:00 PM