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Remove a Selected Item
Tip# 3408 By Shawn Samaniego On 26-Apr-2010
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Categories : 2D Operations
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Toggle between selecting objects and removing undesired selections.

Shawn L. Samaniego sends us a tip on unselecting objects from your selection set in AutoCAD.

"When selecting items in a drawing, it's common to select an unwanted item by mistake. Without exiting the command you are currently in, type R (for Remove) on the Command line, and select the unwanted items. To return to the command selection process, type A (for Add); then you can continue to make further selections."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: Picking the right objects in your selection set can be tricky, especially if there are many objects that overlap, or if it is a busy area of your drawing. There are two ways to "unselect" objects; the first is detailed above. If you don't want to type, you can hold the Shift key down instead and select the objects you want to remove. AutoCAD 2011 includes a new feature that helps you pick the right object; it will list the objects near your mouse and let you select the one you want by choosing its name from the list.


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Comment by White,David
Posted on 2010-04-26 14:42:52
And if all that seems a bit clicky, clicky, here's a routine you can set up to use transparently. It's not mine, but I found it years ago and it is handy. You select object by their layer in congested areas. Running the routine allows you to get only the objects on a layer you specify. I modified it to look for 5 of my favorite later with just a one letter input, but you can type in any layer name.
Comment by Karikomi,Edward
Posted on 2010-04-27 11:25:14
Isn't it just as easy to use the built in AutoCAD feature to "press SHIFT, pick the object to de-select it" then release the SHIFT key to resume the [add] selection process?