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I want to select a text box AND the picture it's overlapping, but can't select both.

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In order to create a Building Block of our custom page header, it's necessary to select the content I want to save.  I'm having trouble clicking on both a picture (PNG format) that's pasted In Line with Text and a text box that sits within the boundaries of said picture.  I can select one and not the other.  Same applies if I paste the picture in a text wrapping layout, like Behind Text.  I've tried the Select All and Select Objects buttons on the Home Tab; won't work either.  What's happening, and is there a workaround?  Thanks, jn
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OK. It's difficult to know exactly what you are selecting, but it might help if to understand the implementation of Shapes and InlineShapes.

InLineShapes are part of the text  and could be considered as a (large) character in the text.

Shapes are only 'anchored' to a particular paragraph. That means that they are stored separately and do not take up space in the inline text.

You can select a paragraph, and  the selection will include any InlineShapes as well as any Shapes that are anchored in that paragraph. You cannot select a particular character (or InlineShape) and a Shape, together.

However, you can select the whole paragraph, which might include the anchored Picture, the inline Picture and any other text.
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You're right; I was assuming, because I couldn't see handles when I clicked on the in-line item, that it wasn't being selected.  It was picked up when I "selected all" and is appearing in my Header Gallery.  Thanks for reminding me that "in-line equals text layer."
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