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Count Blocks Quickly with Select Similar
Tip# 3480 By Andria Lynch On 22-Aug-2010
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Categories : Blocks General
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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Determine the number of blocks in a file.

Tipster Andria Lynch sends us a tip that allows users to quickly determine the number of blocks in a file.

"To do a quick and simple block count in AutoCAD Architecture, simply highlight the block you wish to count, right-click, and choose Select Similar. This shortcut will select all instances of that block — keep in mind that they must be on the same layer. If you glance at your Properties menu while all instances are selected, the pull-down menu at the top of the Properties palette will display in parentheses the number of objects selected. The Quick Properties box will also display this information with block references."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: The Select Similar tool is new to AutoCAD 2011 and is available to all AutoCAD verticals, such as AutoCAD Architecture and Civil 3D. This tool will select all of the items that are similar to the one you picked, according to certain filters. Type SelectSimilar on the Command line, followed by Settings to get to the filter settings. Pick the criteria that you want AutoCAD to follow. The selected properties must be the same in order for AutoCAD to select similar objects.


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Comment by Marion,Alexandre
Posted on 2010-09-27 14:53:01
I'd like to add that for versions before 2011, the same work can be done with the Filter command on all layers. How it works is that you type the block's name in the criterias, apply. Once you're finished with the filter window, autocad will ask to select the objects in which the filter will be applied. Just type "all" to choose everything in the drawing. You'll see a line saying "X found" (X as the number of matching objects) which will be the answer you are looking for. This might seem as a long process, but as you play with Filter, you'll be able to choose a wide variety of objects and forms in just a few seconds.