Selecting Reference Geometry

You can select axes and planes directly in the graphics area. This is useful for tools such as Mate, Measure, or patterns.

Hover over cylindrical faces and surfaces to display the temporary axes. Hover over faces, then press Q to display reference geometry. Select multiple reference geometry entities by pressing the Shift or Ctrl keys.

If the temporary axes do not appear on hover, click Tools > Options > System Options > Display and select Display temporary axes upon hover over cylindrical faces.
Hover for axes Press Q for planes

You can right-click a component in the graphics area, click Reference Geometry Display, then show primary planes, reference planes, reference axes, or the coordinate system.