Revision Date: 16 June 2016

Rectangle Select Tool Rectangle Select

This tool is used to define rectangular or square selections. Click, hold and drag the mouse to create a selection.

Making a rectangle Selection
Making a rectangular selection

The initial click point defines one corner of the selection rectangle.  When the pointer is moved the selection is resized so that the opposite corner of the rectangle matches the current pointer location.


Force a rectangular selection to remain square by holding down the Shift key while the selection is being dragged out.  The Shift key forces the height and width to remain equal as the shape is altered.

Making a square Selection
Using the Shift key to force a square selection

Rectangle Selection Modes

There are three modes in which the Rectangle Select tool can be employed.

Rectangle Selection Modes
Rectangle Selection Modes

For more information on making selections, deselecting active selections and the five selection modes see the Selection Tools page.