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Items in the graphics area are highlighted when you select them, or dynamically highlighted when you move the pointer over them.

You can set the colors for selected items, dynamic highlighting, and other user interface items in Tools > Options > System Options > Colors.

Selected Items

How selected items highlight depends on color settings, the display style you choose, and whether RealView is active.
RealView, shaded RealView off, shaded RealView off, hidden lines removed
Highlight_sel_edge_RealView.gif Highlight_shaded_sel_edge.gif Highlight_sel_edge.gif
Selected edges highlight as luminescent lines. Selected edges highlight as thick solid lines. Selected edges highlight as thick solid lines.
Highlight_sel_face_RealView.gif Highlight_sel_face.gif Highlight_sel_edgeofface.gif
Selected faces highlight as a luminescent solid color. Selected faces highlight as a solid color. Edges of selected faces highlight as thin solid lines.

Dynamic Highlighting

When you move the pointer over an edge or a face, edges highlight as thick solid lines; edges of faces highlight as thin solid lines. RealView does not affect dynamic shading.
Highlight_shaded_dyn_edge.gif Highlight_shaded_dyn_face.gif Highlight_dyn_face.gif
Edges highlight as thick solid lines. Edges of faces highlight as thin solid lines. Edges of faces highlight as solid lines.

In drawings, edges dynamically highlight as thin phantom lines, and edges of faces dynamically highlight as thin dashed lines.

To control dynamic highlighting, click Tools > Options > System Options > Display/Selection and select or clear Dynamic highlight from graphics view.


Geometric relations such as endpoints, midpoints, and vertices highlight when the pointer approaches them, then change color when the pointer is poised to select them.
sketch_inference_midpoint_preview.gif sketch_inference_midpoint_select.gif
The midpoint highlights and the pointer shows that a coincident relation pointer_coincident2.gif is possible at its current position. The midpoint has changed color and the pointer shows that it recognizes the midpoint pointer_midpoint2.gif.

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