Edit mode lets you use various features to edit each type of object; e.g., when a text object is in Edit mode, use word-processing features to select, cut, copy, paste, and edit text. When a vector object is in Edit mode, you can modify anchor points and segments to reshape its path. When a paint object is in Edit mode, you can use painting tools and commands to modify the image it contains.
Some other objects, including spirals, EasyShapes, objects that have transparency masks, and SpriteEffects, have special editing modes (besides their standard edit modes); e.g., if you place a vector object in Edit mode, you can edit the object’s path. If the object also has a transparency mask, you can edit its path in Path Edit mode, or use the Sprite tool to edit its transparency mask in Mask Edit mode.
Press the Esc key.
Use the context menu to select an object or place an object in Edit mode. The context menu can make it easier to select and edit objects that are covered by other objects.
Right-click the object.
Choose an object type icon in the menu. Selecting text or paint objects makes Fill, Stroke, and Pen options unavailable.
Choose the fill ink in the menu. Only inks used in the document, plus process colors and white, appear in the menu.
Choose the pen in the menu.
Choose the stroke in the menu. Only strokes used in the document appear in the menu.
Type the name in the text box. Select Object # and type a number in the box to select an object by its number.
Use this option to select objects that have transparency effects.
Use this option to select objects that have Dynamic Effects.
Select a value from the menu if you wish to search in grouped objects.
Search all visible layers
To select objects in the current layer only, uncheck this option.
Add result to selection
Check to select additional objects without deselecting objects that are already selected.
Use Selected Object’s Attributes
When an object is selected, select this option to enter the object’s properties in the Objects tab.
Click to select objects based on the current settings.
Click the arrows to expand the palette to work with selection sets, which let you broaden a search.
Selection criteria symbols make up a selection set. The current selection set is boxed. Changing selection options updates this selection set. Click a set to make it the current selection set.