The Select Command & Selection Options

This was an interesting find: I learned a new command called “SELECT” the other day. Use it to make a selection set prior to using a command. Then when you start a command and it asks you to “Select Objects:” enter P (for previous) and the selection set that you previously made will be used


Options when selecting objects

When you are asked to “Select Objects: ” you have options.

before selecting objects when prompted to do so, (even in the above command) choose one of these options:


  • W for Window
  • L for Last
  • C for Crossing
  • BOX
  • ALL
  • F for Fence
  • WP for WPolygon (Window Polygon
  • CP for CPolygon (Crossing Polygon)
  • G for Group
  • A for Add
  • R for Remove
  • M for Multiple
  • P for Previous
  • U for Undo
  • AU for AUto
  • SI for SIngle
  • SU for SUbobject
  • O for Object

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7 Responses to The Select Command & Selection Options

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  2. litani says:

    i am very appritiate in your notes… this is the first time for me to use auto cad and i hopefully that you will provide me some more command and explain on how to use it..finally i love your note and it is very simple for me to read

  3. Glenn Jennings says:

    I use the select command frequently, but is there any way to add it to a menu item?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      The link above is to a screen shot of the CUI.
      You need to add the “Select Add” button to a location. I suggest using the Quick Access Toolbar” (QAT) since it is available regardless what ribbon you have active.
      Drag it from the list on the bottom to the QAT area on top.

  4. Nureke says:

    Hey mate,

    thank you for your tips. when I select two different objects, have two different outcomes: 1) selection made shown by blue point in edges and end points of lines and lines are dashed (8 blue points for rectangle)
    2) no edge or end points of lines are shown by any color but lines are dashed.
    the problem is with the second one, as it makes problem when one wants to find the area of the object. any suggestions to overcome this issue?

  5. Nureke says:

    for previous question, not edges, but vertexes. and the problem is when selecting the second type objects for area measure.

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