Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting objects explained, part of Muse Essential Training (2015).
- Before we start adding content to our page, there's something very important that I need to explain to you about working with objects inside of Muse. And that's the way that you select objects. Let's go ahead and take a look at what I'm talking about. Let's double-click on this home page right here. And that's going to bring me into Muse. And one of the things you need to understand, especially when you're working with widgets and things that Muse creates for you, is that the selection process is actually pretty unique to Muse itself. When you go to select an object, it's very easy just to click on it to make that object active, and then you can, of course, rearrange and resize the object as you see fit.
But if you happen to run across an object that has multiple objects inside of it, then you are going to have to use the click and click method, is what I've nicknamed this thing. Basically, any time you have an object that contains more than one thing inside of it, you're going to have to multiple click in order to get a hold of the object that you want. For instance, let's go up here to the top. And what I'm going to do is just go over here to the widgets library. In the widgets library, let's go down and let's find some sort of composition that we want to add to this, like let's say a menu, and let's choose the horizontal menu, and let's just drag that out onto the page.
When I drag that out onto the page, you're going to see something that looks like this. In this case, you're just going to have one giant button in it. Let's say that I don't have anything selected, and I just want to select Home. Watch what happens when I go to click on Home. The entire object is selected. If I click again, the interior of the object is selected. If I click again, then finally, eventually it's going to allow me to get down to where I can edit the actual text of Home, where I can get in there and make changes to it. You see now, I finally have the options up here in the options bar.
The options bar is going to be your best friend when you're selecting objects because that's going to tell you exactly what type of object you have selected. So when I click once, it tells me, okay you really don't have anything selected besides a group of stuff because I can't change any of those options because everything is sort of just set to nothing. But if I click again, you'll notice now that the fill color switches to gray. So that means I've got a hold of this object that's gray in the background. If I click again, or again, you see that it just stays static, but if I finally get down to where I click on the Home area, it finally changes to the text options.
This could take one click, two clicks, three or four, maybe even five, depending on the type of object that you have selected. As I said, this method of selection is very unique to Muse. There is no direct selection tool in Muse, so there is no way to just directly select anything within a group of objects. You must use that click, click, click method in order to do that. So if you ever get frustrated by trying to select multiple objects in Muse or if you ever see me on-screen have to click multiple times in order to get a hold of something, just know that nothing is wrong. That's just how the selection process works inside of Muse.
If you can't get it on the first try, just keep going, keep clicking until you get in to exactly what you're looking for. If you click too many times and you get through the object you're looking for and into another one, that's okay. Just click away from the object, come back, and click, click, click again. That's how the selection process works in Muse, and that's how you're going to get control of all of the individual objects you want to change.
Remember, these Muse tutorials cover just the basics. For more information, see our full selection of Muse training.
- Creating a new Muse website
- Adding pages to your website
- Setting up master pages
- Working with layers
- Placing graphics
- Formatting text
- Creating and using color themes
- Building site navigation
- Working with widgets: menu, composition, panel, slideshow, and social widgets
- Making your Muse website responsive
- Adding a contact form
- Publishing a website with Muse