Simple Crop Without Deleting

Create the object you want to use as the crop mask. Bring it to the front
Select it then the objects to crop
Object > Clipping Mask > Make

If you are using a complex object as the clipping mask, e.g. a rectangle with rounded corners, first selct it and select Object > Expand Appearance

Crop With Delete Of Paths Outside Mask

Create the object you want to use as the crop mask. Bring it to the front
Select it then the objects to crop
Window > Pathfinder to show the pathfinder panel
Press the crop button
Check everythign is OK (it won’t always work properly!)

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