Thank you. I’m aware of all those procedures, and I’ll use one of them as last resort. Unfortunately, the drawing came to me with only one layer, and would require a lot of work to add other helpful layers.
Perhaps I wasn’t clear. The sheet consists of a grid of tightly spaced dots, as well as a column of circle objects that overlap the grid. If I’m careful, I can select (as in “selection rectangle/box”) a thin sliver between dots that touches each of the circle objects and includes none of the dots. I cannot enclose the circles entirely in my selection rectangle, as this would also include several/many dots, which I do not want.
Yes, I can individually select each and every circle I want, but I figured there ought to be a faster way. Perhaps not.
With Visio, it’s possible to specify whether a selection rectangle must completely enclose desired objects, or if only a partial contact selects and includes each “touched” object in the selection.