Pre Selection Highlight

Here is how to change the setting that allows you to highlighting objects prior to selection. This feature is useful so that you can visibly see what you are about to select prior to actually selecting them.

OPTIONS <enter> or OP <enter>

Make the “Selection” tab current

To turn this feature on, make sure that the check marks are checked under the “Selection Preview” area  of the “Selection” tab (orange area shown below)

In the “Visual Effect Settings” dialog, you can define how the pre-highlighting is displayed: 1) Dashed lines, 2) Bold, 3) Both (the default = both)

Pre Selection Highlight


The Advanced options button will display a little dialog box that shows what items are excluded from being pre-highlighted

Prehighlighting 3


Shown below – hovering the cursor over objects with pre-selection highlighting turned OFF

Prehighlighting 1 OFF


Shown below – hovering the cursor over objects with pre-selection highlighting turned ON

Prehighlighting 2 ON


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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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8 Responses to Pre Selection Highlight

  1. Luisa says:

    exactly what I was looking for! I just began cad drafting for interior design late last year and this helps me a lot! thanks!! :)

  2. Nitin says:

    When type any command in command line the object/line/any thing selected turns deselect then i have to select it once again. and if same command is to be use consecutive same step has to be be done repeatedly. it is quite disturbing. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

  3. Nitin says:

    I want to master the art of making AutoLISP file which Book will help me..and it should be easy to understand.

  4. Waqar says:

    Thank You Very Much , Much Appreciated.

  5. Sumbal Riaz says:

    Finally.. got an answer.. thank you

  6. Jake Everett says:

    I know this is an old post, but I use autocad 2018 as a secondary cad app after having used autocad for 20 yrs…. This post is exactly what I am wanting to do but it isn’t working for me… Is there an override somewhere that would keep the selectionpreview and preselectionpreview from working

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