Selecting Groups Using AutoCAD

You can select groups by name at the Select Objects prompt. If the PICKSTYLE system variable is set to 1 or 3 and you select any member of a selectable group, AutoCAD selects all group members that meet the selection criteria. You can also toggle group selection on and off by pressing CTRL+A.

All members of selectable groups are also selected when you use object selection cycling (for example, if you want to select an object that lies directly behind another object). See “Selecting Objects that Are Close Together.” Selecting an object that is a member of more than one selectable group selects all the members of all the groups that contain that object. To select groups for editing with grips, use the pointing device to select the group at the Command prompt.

The following example shows the object selection process when the object you select belongs to a selectable group.

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To cycle through object and group selection

  1. At the Command or Select Objects prompt, press CTRL and select an object. Object cycling is activated.
  2. Now select any point. An object within the original pickbox is selected. Click repeatedly until the objects you want are highlighted.
  3. Press ENTER to turn off object cycling. You can now continue to select objects normally.

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