Shift click the items
drag a selection rectangle to select (locking the tab control helps), then shift click the tab control to deselect It.
For those who are confused (it took me a minute), OP is talking about layout mode.
If you lock the tab control, you should be able to use the bounding box to select items inside the tab control. It may appear as though the tab control is selected at this point, but you'll notice that the handles appear outside the selected objects (not the tab panel), and if you move them around, the tab control is not affected.
If you don't lock the tab control, you can still use the bounding box to select multiple objects inside the tab control, but you need to start dragging from outside the tab control. Then, you need to shift-click the tab control to deselect it.
Thank you - the shift click to deselect the tab control seems to be working!
Thanks - Seems the key is to shift click everything I want and then shift click again on the tab box to deselect it!
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Also if your point your mouse outside the tab control, you can (windows) hold Ctrl, then click and drag thru the tab control. It will only highlight the fields it touches. It won't highlight the entire tab control unless you completely form a box around it
Thank you so much – this works!!!
Since the subject of tab controls has been introduced here, I'm going to whine a bit about the ambiguous use of the word "tab" in the FileMaker universe. It could mean a tab control ...
... or a tab position in the Appearance inspector ...
... or a tab key on the keyboard ...
... or the long-hoped-for visible tab character (⇥) to go along with the return character (⁋ or pilcrow) in the calculation dialog.
I wish there were separate terms for each of these uses of the word "tab", but, failing that, it would be nice if people were always 100% diligent about doing what everyone in this current discussion has been so good about, namely identifying which kind of tab (in this case, the tab control) you're referring to.