Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Hide and Isolate to draw effectively, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So here's another AutoCAD tip and trick from Lynda.com. And we're going to look at the hide and isolate commands that are available to us in AutoCAD itself. So we've got a nice new drawing for you. You can see the name of that at the top of the screen. And, as usual, you can download that from your Lynda.com exercise files to follow along with the video. So, hide and isolate, how do they work? Well, they're really, really useful on a really busy drawing, 'cause they allow you to hide objects that you don't want to see, they allow you to isolate objects that you want to work on.
Now, you'll notice that we've got a really, really simple drawing again. I like to use simple drawings for these tips and tricks so that you guys can see and understand the technique that you can then apply to a really busy drawing. So, let's look at the hide side of this particular video first. I want to hide objects that I don't want to see. For example, in a busy construction drawing, I might only want to see the columns, for example, and hide everything else. So, how do I hide objects? Well, what I do is I select the objects I don't want to see.
So I'm just going to click here and select this group of objects here. I'm also going to select this end one here, just using crossing selection windows there, like so. So, I've selected all the objects I want to hide in the drawing, so that I can just work on these ones here. So it's just a case now of right click, and on the shortcut menu, I should have an isolate submenu. It's right here. Now, I can isolate the objects, or I can hide the objects. I'm going to hide them.
So, I hover over isolate, click on hide, and they've all gone. Now, I haven't deleted them. They are hidden right now. They're hiding, and I can bring them back really easily by right clicking again, going to isolate again, and ending that object isolation, so they all come back, like so. So let's go through that one more time. I select this group of objects here, I select this group of objects here, and it's right click, isolate, hide objects.
Now, I've deliberately hidden those objects so that I can work on these objects here. So now, if I just click, and drag, and do another crossing selection just of those, I'm just going to go up to the properties panel here quickly in the home tab on the ribbon. I'm just going to change the color to an individual color for those, and then hit escape to deselect. If I now right click, go to isolate, and end that object isolation, there you go. You can see why, now, we hide the objects to allow us to work on the individual objects that we need to.
So, that's the hide side of things covered. What about isolating objects to work on? Well, it works the same way. What I do now, though, is I select the objects I want to isolate. So I'm going to select this group of objects at the end here. Just a little crossing window, like so. I then right click, go to isolate, and this time I'm going to isolate the objects. So now everything disappears, apart from that one group of objects I've selected. So, again, with a really busy drawing, you can isolate the objects you want to work on.
So again, I'll do a little crossing selection. Just select those like that, change the properties in the properties panel. I'll change those to, say, green, for example. Hit escape to deselect. Now, I want to end the object isolation again. So it's a right click, isolate, end object isolation, and everything else comes back. So you can see how hide and isolate kind of cross over with each other, and allow you to hide objects you don't want to see, so that you can see the wood for the trees, but also isolate objects that you want to use, so again, you can see the wood for the trees.
Really, really useful on really busy drawings, so make sure you use that shortcut menu, and right click and use that hide and isolate. They're really useful little commands in AutoCAD, and they will make you more productive.
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