Balsamiq Community Discussion

[Request] Allow switching to alternates even when a component is selected


The alternate versions list (the one on the bottom right) is hidden when any component in the mockup is selected. This means you have to deselect your components before you rename or delete your alternate.


Hi @stewartmurrie,

Thanks for getting in touch about this.

The idea behind that behavior is that the property inspector is all about your selection (with the different control(s) properties) and it switches to being all about the mockup (with notes and alternates) when nothing is selected.

On the other hand, I totally get your point and here is a quick way to switch from one to the other:

  • Press CTRL+SHIFT+A (CMD on Mac) to “deselect all”
  • Rename or delete you alternate
  • Press CTRL+Z (CMD on Mac) to “undo” and have your selection back if needed

This will allow to do it all while staying in the same area of your screen, as shown below:

Hope this will work for you! Please let us know if need anything, we’re here and happy to help! :slight_smile:


Thanks for the tip, and I understand the principle behind the properties panel. It just seems like an inefficient use of that lower-right space when it’s empty, and requires more thinking-and-clicking than I’d like to switch between alternates.