Draw: want to visually see frame boundaries / borders for objects on the page

In LibreOffice writer the border or outline of text boxes or frames can be viewed even if there is actually no line drawn around the border (ie, there is no border). This seems to be enabled by going to the “View menu” then checking “Text borders”. Then you can actually see the boundaries of each object so you know where you need to click to select that object.

In LibreOffice Draw I am creating text boxes and other objects but cannot work out how to turn them on or off so I can view where to click. THis results in having to blindly click and hope that the object you click is not overlapping another.

Does anyone know how to do this in LibreOffice Draw so that I can visually see what it is that I am clicking on?

There seems to be a misunderstanding, probably induced by the bad UI-naming of special text objects: A TextBox shape (from the drawing toolbar) and a TextBox form control (from the Forms toolbar) are completely different things.
Concerning shapes: A shape with no line and no area is neither shown (outlined) in Writer nor in Draw.
Concerning form controls: The graphical representation is shown in Writer and in Draw as well by default.

Concerning images inserted by >Insert>Image... there is a relevant difference: In Writer the insertion goes to a specialized frame, in Draw to a hosting shape. But you won’t often insert images with 100% paper-colored points.

Writer is targeted to text processing. But text is much nicer when illustrations are present. As you imagine, illustrations are not text and some means must be implemented so that these non-text inserts do not adversely impact text flow.

Writer does that by “encapsulating” “secondary” data in a rectangular area called a frame (I know, in some circumstances, you can request that the area not to be rectangular but to follow as closely as possible the inserted shape; this is user-configurable). Afterwards, it is relatively easy to wrap text around the rectangle.

Clicking “near” the shape selects the frame and you can then work on the frame properties.

Draw works with shapes. There is no text per se. A “text box” is nothing else than a rectangle with no border nor background. Objects is Draw are homogeneous: shapes and only shapes. To select one, you must click on a visible component of the shape (its outline, background when there is one or its text). When selected, “handles” are shown, usually forming an enclosing rectangle. But this rectangle does not exist (but for rectangles).

Since you’re working with pure shapes, you can’t easily tell if they overlap. Take the example of an n-point star and an ellipse. Both enclosing rectangles may intersect without the shapes intersecting.

If your concern is to be able to click-and-select a specific shape, my advice is to name them unambiguously and use the Navigator.

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