A system is described that facilitates selection of an object from among multiple overlapping objects displayed in a graphical user interface. The system may detect when a selection tool is moved near overlapping objects. In response to such a detection, the system may reposition the objects such that the objects are no longer overlapping. Once the system detects that an object is selected or that a selection tool is no longer near the objects, the system may return the objects to their original overlapping positions.
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Prasso, Luca; Weiker, Stefan; and Jagnow, Robert Carl, "Temporarily Separating Overlapping Objects for Easier Selection", Technical Disclosure Commons, (June 06, 2017)