# Selecting and Moving

Bootstrap Studio is a visual website editor. You do most things by selecting components, editing their options and dragging them to other parts of the page.

# Selecting Components

In the app, you select components by clicking them. Selecting a component shows a blue outline around it, and a bar with quick actions:

Selected Heading

With these actions you can

  • Move Icon - Move the item
  • Select Parent - Select its parent
  • Edit Icon - Edit its text
  • Duplicate Icon - Duplicate it
  • Hide Icon - Hide it
  • Trash Icon - Trash it

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You can select multiple components at once by holding Shift or Cmd/Ctrl while clicking.

# Double Clicking

This is a quick way to both select a component and trigger its primary action. For textual components this will switch them to text editing mode, and for components like Images and Icons, it will show the Image or Icon browser respectively.

# Moving Components

When an element is selected, you can grab it by the move handle (Move Icon) to drag and drop it into other components. Bootstrap Studio knows where components can be dropped and automatically adds styles and other attributes if needed.

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  • You can drag from the Stage and drop components on the Overview panel for greater precision.
  • You can hold Ctrl (Windows/Linux) or Cmd (Mac) when grabbing the move handle, to create copies. Combining this with Shift will create linked copies.

# Locked Components

Some elements like the HTML and Body are locked and can't be moved (you can recognize them by the small padlock in the Overview panel). This is necessary so that Bootstrap Studio can guarantee that your page remains in a consistent state and can't be broken accidentally.

Overview Panel

Locked components shouldn't limit you in any way - when a component is locked, this means that you can find many options for controlling it in the component options.

# Component Multi Selection

Click components while holding the Ctrl/Shift (Windows/Linux) or Cmd/Shift (Mac) keys to initiate a multi selection. You can move or delete the selected components as a group.

This works in both the Overview panel and the Stage and is especially useful when changing the appearance of multiple elements.