Thursday Tip: The Digger Tool

October 2, 2008

Go ahead and look through your CorelDRAW toolbox. Did you find the Digger tool? I’m sure you didn’t because it is a tool that is well hidden. Funny thing is that it is very good for selecting hidden objects in your drawing.

I can’t tell you which version first had the Digger tool. My best guess is CorelDRAW 11. So if you are using an older version and this tip doesn’t work, I won’t be surprised. In order to use the Digger tool, you’ll need to have an object hiding behind another object. No, it isn’t completely required that it is hidden. That just helps you to see how it works.

As you know, you can’t click on an object if it is behind another object since you will end up selecting the top object. That’s where the Digger Tool comes in to play. Hold down the Alt key and click again. Now you’ve selected the next object down in the stacking order. Alt + click again and it will go one more level down in the stacking order. This makes it very easy to select hidden objects. And since the Digger tool isn’t really a tool, it is a feature that can be well hidden. It is nothing but an extension of the Pick tool.

Post Discussion


  1. Rikk

    and Alt + Shift and the Pick tool will allow you to select objects in groups sequentially. You can select the top one, the the top one and the one beneath, etc.

  2. ErolB1

    Unfortunately this doesn’t work if you have the pick tool set to “windows standard” (cntrl duplicates, shift constrains) instead of “classic Corel” (cntrl constrains, shift modifies from center)


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