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Selecting Entities
Applying Entity Selection Methods
Previewing and Highlighting Entity Selections
Preselecting Entities
Preselecting All Entities
Cycling Through Entities During Selection
Selecting Entities of the Same Type and Shared Properties
Creating Entity Selections Based on Filtering Criteria
Creating and Applying Filters for Entity Selection
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Selecting Entities

For many commands, especially the commands for modifying and detailing entities, you need to select drawing entities.

To select entities, you do not enter a separate command. Instead, you use selection tools.

Selected entities are highlighted by default. You can customize entity selection previewing and highlighting (see Previewing and Highlighting of Entity Selections).

To select entities:

  1. Enter a command that requires you to select entities.

    The following prompt appears:

    Specify entities»

  2. To view all options for entity selection, specify the ? option:

    Specify entities» ?
    Specify a point or Window, Last, Crossing, Box, All, Fence, WPolygon, CPolygon, EGroup, Add, Remove, Multiple, Previous, Undo, Auto, Single
    Specify entities»

    For a description of each of the entity selection options, see Applying Entity Selection Methods.

  3. In the graphics area, select entities.

    Selections are highlighted by default.

    All entities you select are added to a selection set.

  4. Continue adding entities to the selection set or removing entities from it.

    To remove previously selected entities from the selection set, press Shift and select entities.

  5. After selecting all desired entities, finish the selection by pressing Enter.

    The current command resumes.

  Selection cycling lets you selectively specify entities that are close to or on top of other entities.

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