Using Your Mouse to Move, Copy or Clear a Selection Set

I have posted about this topic before but I thought that it could be presented more clearly.

You can use your windows mouse to move, copy, copy as a block, clear a selection set and escape/cancel from a command all from the mouse.

To move objects, this method does not use OSNAPs so this method is an imprecise way of moving stuff out of the way.

  • Select the objects to move
  • Click & hold with the left mouse button over some geometry (not a grip) until your cursor changes from the cross-hairs to the windows arrow cursor and a little box appears next to the cursor.
  • Move your mouse and release.

To Copy objects:

  • Select the objects that are to be copied
  • Click and hold the right mouse button over some geometry (not grips) until your cursor changes from the cross-hairs to the windows arrow cursor and a little box appears next to the cursor.
  • Move your cursor and release the right mouse button
  • You will be prompted to do a number of things, Since you want to copy, select the copy option. But notice that you can Move, Copy, Paste as a block, and Cancel.

Shown below is an example of using all of the options in the right mouse button method with the exception of “Paste as block”

To use your mouse to clear a selection set:

  • After the objects have been selected
  • Simply click and hold the right mouse button in the same position for a few seconds. Your cross-hairs will change to the Windows arrow and a little box will appear next to the cursor. Simply release the mouse button and the selection set will be cleared. If you have moved your cursor, you will be prompted to either copy, move or cancel, just like the above tip. So be sure to not move your mouse.

If you are in the middle of a command and want to cancel without hitting the escape button on the keyboard:

  • After the command has been started, simply right click and select “Cancel” (as shown below)

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One Response to Using Your Mouse to Move, Copy or Clear a Selection Set

  1. Kevin Liu says:

    Hello, Sir, after the computer is uninstalled and re-install the autocad 2012, cadworx 2012 software, copy, move rotate, scale …function are all gone from right click mouse, tell me how to tackle it please, thank you

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