An oval shape has been added to an image in Preview.app by using Mebu bar command Tools → Annotate → Oval:

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I have no means to move this oval: trying to do so only results in getting handles to resize or re-proportion it:

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What is the way to select the shape so to move it? I also did not find any obvious select tool on the toolbar.

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    do not select the shape it self. Hover over it till a hand shows, now click and hold and move – Ruskes Dec 14 '18 at 6:08

Here is what I do with shapes in Preview.

I recommend not to select the shape it self.

Click anywhere next to it to deselect (not required but safer), that way you will not accidentally reshape it.

Like in your case the shape is small and the reshaping dots are large, so it becomes tricky to select the shape for moving.

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Now go back and "hover" over the shape till a hand shows instead arrow cursor.

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Click and HOLD (hand animates that) and move it while holding.

  • thx! is it just me or is this behavior different than most any other app on mac? – javadba Dec 14 '18 at 6:32
  • I think you are right with that observation. – Ruskes Dec 14 '18 at 6:46
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    This behavior is not really different per se I'd say, meaning that for larger ovals you don't need to deselect it first, but can "grab" it by click-holding the shape in between the resizing dots. The reason why you need to first deselect for such small shapes is that while selected the resizing dots are visible and obscure the area that is meant to be grabbed for just moving. Preview does have slightly larger resizing dots as, e.g. Pages it seems, but depending on the shape size that might happen there as well. – Gero Dec 14 '18 at 10:45
  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Command + I to show the Inspector. It will list all the shapes added in the current editing session.

  2. Click on the desired shape in the Inspector. This will also select the shape.

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  1. Now use the arrow keys to move the selected shape, Up , Down , Left or Right .

  2. Press and hold Shift key along with the arrow key to move the shape with faster speed.

  3. Alternatively, once the shape is selected (either by clicking on it or via Inspector), you can also hover the mouse pointer over it until the cursor turns into a white glove. Thereafter, you can click and drag to move the shape freely.

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