AutoCAD tutorial 08: Selecting in AutoCAD

There is more than one way to select in AutoCAD and each way is different from the others. It’s true that all of them produce the same results, but there are few things to learn about selecting in AutoCAD.

AutoDesk is still improving the way to select in AutoCAD (seeing additions from latest release) and if they are adding functionality likely to help users, it will only be smart to learn how to use them properly and adequately.

Why do you need to select in AutoCAD?

You may need to select an object while using a command or you may just need to select it to delete. (To Delete an object or objects in AutoCAD, you need 1. to select the object or objects , 2. Press the DELETE key on your keyboard).

How do I know an object is selected?

When an object is selected, its color changes. On the 2015 version of AutoCAD, here is what an object looks like when it is selected.

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Here are few way to select objects in AutoCAD

  • Click on the object to select it
  • Creating a zone of selection from left to right
  • Creating a zone of selection from right to left
  • Creating a rectangle of selection from left to right
  • Creating a rectangle of selection from right to left

Looks complicated huh!? But worry not, it is not. For the beginning you can use any method that seems the easiest to you, seeing that each one ends up doing the job.

Click on the object to select it

It is the more intuitive of all, but time-consuming if you have a bunch of objects to select at once. In the method to select an object, you need to click on it. If you have many objects, selecting one at a once may be a tedious job.

Zone of selection from right to left

Here the goal is to be able to select many objects at once. Actions needed are:

  • Click and hold
  • Move your cursor rightward in way to get object you are trying to select be inside the zone of selection
  • Release the click when you are done with creating the zone of selection

The requirement here is that objects you are trying to select have to be all included in the zone of selection.

On the image below, you can see the so-called zone of selection represented in blue. Object selected in the following case will be the two circles that are inside the blue area. The bigger circle won’t be selected; it overlaps with the zone of selection but is not inside the zone of selection. Only objects included in the blue area are selected.

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Zone of selection from right to left

This method is similar to the previous one, with the major difference that here, all objects that overlap with the zone of selection are selected, no need of them to be inside. Here is how it works:

  • Click and hold
  • Move your cursor leftward in way to get objects you are trying to select overlap with the zone of selection
  • Release the click when you are done with creating the zone of selection

In the following example, at the end of the selection, the three circles that overlap with the zone of selection and the big circle will be selected.

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Window selection Box

This works exactly like the first method (notice the blue color) but you don’t hold after the first click, you need a click to specify the first point and a second click to specify the second point. All objects included in the window of selection will be selected.

From left to right.

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Crossing selection box

This work like the second method above. One click to specify the first point and a second click to specify the second point. All objects that overlap with the rectangle of selection will be selected.

From right to left.

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