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Select

Select is the default mode when you are not in a command. In most cases, when you exit a command, control reverts automatically to select mode. When select mode is active, you can select entities in the graphics area or the FeatureManager design tree with the pointer.

You can use the Select tool to exit a command and return to select mode, which is useful when in sketches and with the viewing tools.

Dynamic highlighting informs you which entity is ready to be selected as you move the pointer. You can set an option to turn dynamic highlighting on or off.

To activate the select mode:

  • In parts and drawings, click Select (Standard toolbar).

  • In assemblies, click the down arrow on Select (Standard toolbar) and choose an option on the Select flyout button.

To select multiple items, hold down Ctrl while selecting.

Box and Cross Selection

  • Box Selection. Drag the pointer from left to right. Items completely inside the box are selected.

  • Cross Selection. Drag the pointer from right to left. Items that cross the box boundary, in addition to those inside the box, are selected.

Invert Selection

When you select items (usually a small number) and choose Invert Selection, all other similar items in the document are selected and the original items are released.

Selection Filters

Selection Filters help select specific items in the graphics area or the drawing sheet area.

Additional Selection Methods

  • Select Other. In a model, select items that are hidden by other items. Faces become transparent so you can view the hidden items.

  • Select Loop. In a part, select a loop of connecting edges.

  • Select Chain. In a sketch, select a chain of entities attached to the selected entity in both directions until a branch is encountered.

  • Select through Transparency. In a model with transparent faces, features, or components, select opaque objects behind the transparent items.

  • Using the Magnifying Glass. Use the magnifying glass to inspect a model and make selections without changing the overall view.

  • FeatureManager design tree. Select single or multiple items.

 



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