You can control several aspects of selecting
objects, such as whether you enter a command first or select
objects first, the size of the pickbox cursor, and how selected
objects are displayed.
that use the Select Objects prompt, you can
Enter a command first, and then select objects
Select the objects first, and then enter a command
You can also
Whether objects to be selected are previewed during
Whether selected objects are highlighted
How you define selection areas and how you create selection
When you use an
editing command, a Select Objects prompt is displayed and the
crosshairs is replaced with a pickbox. You can respond to the
Select Objects prompt in various ways:
Select objects one at a time.
Click an empty area. Drag the cursor to define a rectangular
Enter a selection option. Enter ? to
display all selection options.
Combine selection methods. For example, to select most of the
objects in the drawing area, select all objects and then remove the
objects that you do not want selected.
Enter 'filter to use a named selection
filter. The apostrophe runs the command transparently.
You can use one
of two methods to select objects before starting a command:
Use the SELECT
command, and enter ? to display all
selection options. All objects selected are put into the Previous
selection set. To use the Previous selection set, enter p at the Select Objects prompt of any subsequent
When noun/verb selection is turned on, select objects at the
Command prompt before entering a command such as MOVE, COPY, or ERASE. With this method, you can
only select objects by clicking them individually or by using
Enter qselect to filter the selection.
Then enter p at the Select Objects prompt
of any subsequent command.
Objects to Be Selected
highlighted when the pickbox cursor rolls over them, providing a
preview of which object will be selected when you click.
specify an area to select multiple objects, the background of the
area becomes transparent.
previewing effects are turned on by default. You can turn them off
or change the appearance of selection previewing (Options dialog
box, Selection tab). When the PICKBOX system variable is set
to 0, selection previewing of objects is not available.
Appearance of Selected Objects
selected objects are displayed with dashed lines. You can increase
program speed by setting the HIGHLIGHT system variable to
0. Turning off selection highlighting does not affect grips on selected objects.
Default Selection Methods
Options on the
Selection tab of the Options dialog box control default selection
Use selection previewing and selection area effects to preview
Select objects before entering a command (noun-verb selection)
or after entering a command. (PICKFIRST)
Press SHIFT to append objects to the selection set. (PICKADD)
Click and drag to create a selection window. Otherwise you must
click twice to define the corners of a selection window. (PICKDRAG)
Start Window or Crossing selection automatically when you click
an empty space. Otherwise, you must enter c
or w to specify window crossing selection.