Deselect Objects from Selection Set

If you selects objects and then realize that you selected an object or two on accident, removing those objects is really simple. Also, it may be quicker to make a selection set and remove objects from the selection set than it would be to select each object individually.

  • After making a selection set,
  • Hold the SHIFT button while you select the objects that are to be removed from the selection set.
  • Note: You can the common selection methods: Pick, Window, or Crossing Window


If this isn’t working for you, check the OPTIONS dialog box > Selection tab > and in the “Selection modes” area, make sure that the “Use Shift to add to selection” is unchecked (shown below).

SHIFT to Deselect


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11 Responses to Deselect Objects from Selection Set

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  2. kelly says:

    Why does this not work in 2013?

  3. Vanessa says:

    This doesn’t work in 2015! What’s the work around to make it happen?

    • AutoCAD Tips says:

      It does for me and the entire class I am teaching this semester.
      Check the variable in the above comment.
      PICKADD set to
      PICKFIRST set to

      • Linda Pankhurst says:

        What should Pickadd and Pickfirst be set on if I cannot deselect elements during a stretch command? I have tried shift to deselect and it is not working, I have tried “options” then “selection” and the box shown “use Shift to add to selection” iff unticked. I have tried ticking this box too, and nothing is working. I always used to use the cross selection (across many objects) and used to deselect those that I did not want to select by Holding down the Shift key and deselecting. HELP PLEASE … some setting has turned on or off without my knowledge, I think???

  4. Bennet says:

    it didn’t work on auto CAD 2010, why?

  5. Omar says:

    Thanks for nice tip!

  6. joeysteed says:

    Try IOPTIONS at the command prompt, select the “User Preferences” Tab and uncheck the “Shift+Left click image select” box. This is part of the AutoCAD Raster Design Toolset.

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