Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using SELECTIONOFFSCREEN in AutoCAD, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] Welcome to another AutoCAD Tip and Trick from lynda.com. We're going to be looking at one of the new AutoCAD 2017.1 update variables in this Tip and Trick. Now I've made it into a Tip and Trick because it is a really useful variable that will make you more productive when you're working in your drawings. As usual you can see I've got a really simplified drawing to take away the wood from the trees so that we can see what we're doing and see the technique that we're using.
The variable we're going to look at is selection off screen. There's a new drawing for it, see the name of the drawing at the top of the screen there. And as usual you can download that from your lynda.com exercise files to follow along with the video. Now, how many times have you had a big long drawing with a lot of objects in a long line, like in the drawing we've got, where you go to select them and as you do so go off the screen and when you zoom out slightly they're not selected anymore? Because the selection off screen kicks in and it deselects anything that goes off the screen.
Well if you install your 2017.1 update for AutoCAD that won't happen anymore, because you've got this selection off screen variable. Now you can also refer to my other course where we've got the AutoCAD 2017 essentials update. Also refer to my course AutoCAD 2017 Essentials for basically everything you need to know about AutoCAD 2017 as well. So let's have a look at our selection off screen variable. We've got a group of objects there in a long line, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to switch off selection off screen.
So I'm going to type it in. Try typing that without any spaces. Trust me it's difficult. I'm then going to press enter and as you can see it's an on/off variable. One is on, zero is off, a binary function like a switch. So I'm going to set that to zero to switch it off and press enter. Now I've got my group of objects here, I'm going to zoom in on one end. So if I zoom in on the right hand end like that, and then what I want to do is I want to select this whole line of objects.
So I might be zoomed in on a really complicated drawing so I click and I start dragging like that. Now as I cross everything, cause it's a crossing window selection, can you see everything highlight? Then as I pan along can you see the crossing window selection keeps going like that? All the way along to the end like that, when I get to there I'll click and you can see that the ones on the screen are selected, if I zoom out though the ones off the screen have been deselected.
How annoying is that, when I want all of them selected in one go? So that's where selection off screen kicks in. So if I hit escape now just to deselect those, and I type selection off screen again. Again without the spaces. Luckily the suggestion menu picks me up on it. I can just press enter. So type in the one to switch on selection off screen. Press enter, it's now on. So I'll go through exactly the same process again. I'll zoom in on this end, just pan across a little bit, there we go like that.
Crossing window selection, click, drag, and then pan like this I'll keep going all the way along. You can see they're highlighting so they should select and then when I get to here I'll click. The ones on the screen are selected and if I zoom out now the ones off the screen are also selected as well. That selection off screen variable is a lovely little variable and it's available in the AutoCAD 2017.1 update that you can stool via subscription from the Auto Desk website.
But also don't forget, check out my AutoCAD 2017.1 update course where we've got the updated videos in the AutoCAD 2017 essential training course. So all the updates are in that AutoCAD 2017 essential training course.
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