Selection methods in Autocad
In Autocad, objects can be selected in different ways. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can use selection tools.
Autocad has many different ways to select an object. As in every software first selection tool is mouse cursor and in Autocad, mouse cursor has several types of selection.
Ok, let’s see what type of selections Autocad has. If you’ll give attention to mouse cursor when you are selecting some object you can notice that when you are moving it to left it to turn into green and when you are moving it to right it turns into blue. So why is it working this way?
Autocad mass selection
If you are clicking once with mouse left button and move it to left your selection rectangle will turn green and every object that will touch it will be selected.
In the opposite, if you will move your mouse cursor to right then selection boundary will turn into blue and any object that entirely will be within boundary will be selected.
As you can see selection boundary is a rectangle, but there has another selection method and it calls Lasso.
To use Lasso selection tool you need just click with your mouse button and hold it. While holding you’ll able to draw selection boundary and when you’ll finish simply release button.
That was the mass selection ways in Autocad. But I want to show another selection method for single objects.
Single selection in Autocad
Now let’s see what you can do with single object selection. You probably know that if click one object then click on the second object both object will be selected without any button holding. In another design software if you want select several objects then you need to hold some button like CTRL or Shift. But by default Autocad using Multi Selection option.
So how you can activate or deactivate Multi-select options.
If you don’t want to use Multi-select and want to select all object only once then hit CTRL+1.
Properties panel will open.
On the top side of Properties panel, you will see a small blue icon. When you will click on the icon it will change.
After icon will change you will able to select objects one by one.
But if you will need to select several objects then you can keep Shift button and select multi-objects.