Thursday Tip: Treat As Filled

February 19, 2009

There are a handful of default settings in CorelDRAW that I absolutely detest. I can argue that they are the wrong settings for me, but other users really like these settings so they do have value to someone. Today I’m going to vent about the Treat as Filled setting. When this is activated, all objects are treated as if they have a fill. This means you can click inside of them and they will be selected. Sounds simple enough.

Where the function really fails for me is that if an unfilled object is above other objects, it makes it a lot more difficult to select those objects. Back in early versions of CorelDRAW, the only way to select an unfilled object was to click on its outline. Turning off Treat as Filled will revert to that behavior. Seems simple enough to me and then I’m not frustrated trying to select one object and accidentally selecting something else.

For several versions there was a button on the Property Bar to toggle this option on and off. In CorelDRAW X4, it is absolutely buried in the Options dialog box. Press Ctrl + J to bring up the Options dialog. Then navigate to Workspace | Toolbox | Pick Tool. There you will find an option labeled “Treat all objects as unfilled”. It is checked by default making it more difficult to select objects. If you uncheck it, you will have to click the outline of an object to select it. That’s the way I prefer it!

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  1. Marko

    You can also bring that icon on your X4 desktop (toolbar), and it´s easy enough to choose either way, when you want. That´s how I did it.
    Regards, Marko

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  2. Jeff Harrison

    I like Corel’s Default setting.

    One tip for readers: Access items below with the ALT key and clicking with the mouse.

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  3. A.M.

    THANK YOU! I ran into this late last night while trying to select (in wireframe mode) a bunch of objects to delete from a trace – kept selecting a lot of pieces I wanted to keep while trying to marquee-select the errant objects and couldn’t find where to turn that setting off for ANYTHING. Gaaaaaaahhhh…

    Of course, I should never try anything resembling mental effort at two in the morning….

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  4. Omar

    I feel your pain, I have been searching for a way to turns this of. Thanks for posting it. Can’t imagine why they changed it AND make it SO difficult to turn off.

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  5. Omar

    I feel your pain, I have been searching for a way to turns this of. Thanks for posting it. Can’t imagine why they changed it AND make it SO difficult to turn off.

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  6. Omar

    I feel your pain, I have been searching for a way to turns this of. Thanks for posting it. Can’t imagine why they changed it AND make it SO difficult to turn off.

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  7. Muralidharan

    Thankyou very much… I was desperately trying to turn it off and had a tough time locating it…

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  8. - Phëk Sån -

    thanks for the post..why cant they create it like corel 12 where there is an icon to open & close? the latest version really hidden up all those setting.

    thanks again.

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  9. Foster D. Coburn III

    Corel removed it from the Property Bar as it is typically only a setting that a user would change one time. Why take up space for an icon that is so infrequently used when something used more often can be there? The setting in the Options dialog box didn’t move and users can still add the icon back through customization.

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  10. wesley5150

    Thanks for the advice, however, I wanted to turn it on, I like the empty objects to be treated as filled.

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  11. Usman Ali

    thanks i Prefers to click outline too, try myself several time but could not find

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