The Hidden Digger Tool in CorelDRAW

June 3, 2010

One of my favorite tools in CorelDRAW is one that is virtually hidden. I guess that is only appropriate as it makes it easier to select hidden objects. If you look in the toolbox, you won’t find the Digger tool as it is nothing but a hidden function of the Pick tool.

Clicking on an object with the Pick tool will select it. But hold down the Alt key and you will select whatever is behind that object. If there are more objects stacked behind the selected object, just keep Alt + clicking until you have the desired object selected. I always keep my eye on the Status Bar to see what is selected, the fill and the outline until I have the object I wanted.

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  1. Philip

    I found the digger a couple years ago, and it is a giant time saver.

  2. ErolB1

    Alt-click only works if you have the pick tool set to “traditional coreldraw” rather than “windows standard.” Is there a key-click combination that allows the digger tool to work when the pick tool is set to windows standard? If so, I haven’t been able to find it.

  3. Foster D. Coburn III

    Since I’ve never had a need to select the “Windows standard” keystrokes, I have no idea what works and what doesn’t work.


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