Select All should only apply to one art board.
Select All currently selects everything on every artboard. I'm not sure I would ever need that-- in fact it's potentially destructive. Select all should probably just apply to a single art board, with another item added to the menu (Select All Artboards).
Even better.. give us pages.
Andrei I. Gere commented
Seriously, WHY would I select ALL elements across all artboards? I just realized today that Ctrl+A selects EVERYTHING when all I wanted is to make room on the artboard at the very top to add an extra section in the header above everything.
Since I have a pretty long page/artboard, I had to zoom out considerably and drag for a while trying to get everything in. Makes no sense.
Ctrl+A should select everything in active artboard.
Ctrl+Modifier+A should select everything across all artboards.
Ctrl+A if no artboard active should select All Artboards (in case you'd want to export them all for example).
Is this a thing yet? Super annoying to have to drag select all the time :/
Ron Frank commented
Like Stefan said. Which is similar to Illustrator, just backwards. But since the shortcuts are customizable, I would just do it the way AI does for consistency and let folks modify the shortcuts (which is what I did — and continue to do in XD using Apple's System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts settings). You could also implement Pablo's method which makes good logic to me, so long as you have menu items as well for those of us who use shortcuts — and I think there are a lot of us.
Ron Frank commented
I don't know how this hasn't happened yet, but Select All on Artboard should totally be a thing. I need it all the time. End of story.
Pablo Sara commented
Often I need to select all elements of the artboard I'm working on, but it acts on all artboards. So in order to be able to move all elements, I'm forced to select by dragging which is not convenient when you have a lot of elements.
I think the optimal behaviour should be like this:
"Select all" acts only on the artboard that is selected.
If you want to select all artobards/elemnts of a document, click on the empty space to deselect artoards and then "select all". I think this is intuitive enough.
Stefan Freimark commented
Maybe use a modifier key like Alt to toggle the behaviour. Normal shortcut (don't know right now which, is it Cmd-A?) selects everything on the current artboard, normal shurtcut PLUS modifier key selects everything on every artboard.