Select artboards + objects that are outside the artboards (pasteboard) at the same time
I am creating a screen flow diagram with annotations between each artboard. I've pasted arrows between the artboards to indicate the flow of the experience between sreens.
If I'd like to move multiple artboards I've noticed that all of my arrows / annotations outside of the artboards aren't selected with the multiple artboards. It is extremely time consuming to move the outside elements after moving multiple artboards.
I read that other designers wish there could be a way to annotate or draw arrows between artboards. Perhaps that would solve my issue. I just want to show a screen / state diagram of the UI as well as jump to prototype mode when I need to.
The best way to recreate the issue I'm experiencing is by going into your starter file and try to move a few artboards with their respective annotations and you'll see my frustration. It becomes weird if you try to add in a new screen in the middle of the experience.
Sorry for the false alarm! Someone pointed out to me that I interpreted the request incorrectly. While you can now select objects both in the artboard and on the pasteboard, you cannot yet select objects on the pasteboard and complete artboards themselves.
Meirion Williams commented
Crazy this has not been done yet. So annoying that you can't select/move artboards and objects on the paste board at the same time.
How are people meant to handle annotations and titles outside of their artboards when reorganising their document?
I'd like to add one request. When adding a new artboard or duplicating an artboard, XD should honor objects in the pasteboard. Currently XD just ignores pasteboard objects and delete them with NO warning in order to secure space for the new artboard. This behavior is unacceptable. I usually have comments and temporary objects around artboards, so I rarely duplicate artboard. Instead, copy an artboard, scroll canvas to find an open space, paste the artboard, then drag it to the place where it should be. Doesn't sound like productive, does it?
This really needs to be resolved. Based on this forum your users have been requesting this since 2016. Most designers will want to be able to move things around easily on the canvas (especially when Xd has such a small, limited canvas). This will usually involve moving artboards and elements that are not on artboards at the same time.
Please solve this problem as soon as possible.
Currently you can only select and move artboards OR objects on the pasteboard. I want to move the artboard and the object next to it on the pasteboard together. Especially since I create variations of element on the pasteboard next to my artboard designs. You can do this is sketch because all objects are selectable. This also helps organising and moving your content/designs/artboards/variations quickly and easily around in the canvas. PS. also the canvas isn't infinite -- that's another issue.
In this screenshot attached, I've dragged over all the content, but XD only selects the artboard and ignores the pasteboard objects, so you can't move them together. It's a two step process. First move artboards and then move the pasteboard objects (nasty if they were perfectly aligned to the artboard).
teemo scout commented
+100, please fix this - in huge projects it's almost impossible to move artboards which have some kind of comments around them.
This would be a very helpful fix please and thank you :)
Larissa Masson commented
Please fix this. It's so painful to manage documents without it.
Unless this feature has not yet been released, it is definitely NOT resolved. It's one of the biggest pain points when working with AdobeXD. I create a bunch of art-boards (often 50+) and drag objects off/on to them from the pasteboard/canvas (whatever you call the background). Quite frequently I need to move artboard(s) and all objects associated with that artboard to another space (or even alt+drag to copy and move them) and I can't. I can select all the objects together and move them, then select all the artboards and move them - but never both together. VERY annoying - it really slows down my workflow.
Not resolved – cannot select artboards and objects on the pasteboard together.
Have to agree with Jordan here, the issue is not resolved
How is this issue resolved? I updated to the latest version of XD then I tried clicking and dragging to select both pasteboard objects and artboards, but they still cannot be moved together.
4 options, I think we need in design mode:
1) Drag to select with just mouse - selects just objects on canvas or art boards (This is what is does currently)
2) Drag with mouse and shift key pressed selects art boards and objects around them
3) CMD + A (with layers palette closed) selects all art boards only
4) CMD + SHFT + A (with layers palette closed) selects art boards and all objects
Jeff Swartz commented
Managing my artboards is PAINFUL. I have never seen a designer that doesn't have elements floating around outside artboards in design programs and Adobe XD is no different.
If I area select five artboards and all the random elements around them, i should be able to drag them all at once. Seems like a no-brainer.
Yes, please! It's such a pain to work with, yet such a simple thing to add!
I agree!! This should have more votes! While I've come up with a workaround to attach my real annotations to my artboard by overlapping the object by one pixel, I still jot down meeting notes or labels on the pasteboard. When I need to move my artboards around, it's time consuming (and error prone) to not have the option to also select the items on the pasteboard.
When exporting a PDF, it's nice to just be able to select the artboards. So I'd suggest adding a special key (ctrl, alt, or cmd) while selecting if you want to select everything including items on the pasteboard.
Joseph Silva commented
I am also amazed that this one does not have more votes. Not being able to select and move notes and other objects on the pasteboard along with artboards is a huge hassle and it eats up valuable time.
Scott Ruth commented
This has been a problem for me as well. Would love to see this feature added soon.