The Area Select function is a tool within the Tools area of the HOME tab. It is used to select many items at a time by drawing a polygon around them and selecting everything within it. 

Quick usage guide

  1. Click on the Area Select button.
  2. Within the viewport, left-click around the items you want to select to create a highlighted selection area. 
  3. Right-click to finish your Area Select.
  4. All items within the Area Select are highlighted (selected) and can be modified or deleted all at once.

How it works

  • Features within the green Area Select box are shown as selected after ending Area Select by right-clicking on the mouse button. Selected items are shown as having green "halos" in the View Port and are also highlighted orange in the Project View.

  • More complex areas can be selected by left-clicking on the mouse button around your desired area as many times as needed.

  • The Area Select tools can also be used from oblique views, to capture vertically placed items or even hard-to-see items.

  • The Area Select boundary cannot intersect itself and shows the boundary outline as Orange—instead of Green—if intersecting. If the boundary intersects, you cannot end the selection (right-click).

Most common uses

  • Select areas of points from the Point Grid tool output to remove unwanted points.
  • Select features of a common type to have a new Descriptor, Next Number, or Layer applied. 

Tips and Tricks

  • All selected items also show up in the Project View table, highlighted in orange. 
  • Hold Ctrl when digitizing around points to cancel geometry snapping.
  • Press Backspace to remove the last point created during the area select drawing.
  • Hold Shift + Left-click and drag your cursor to create a rectangular selection of all items in that area.
  • Sometimes. it is easier to create general polygons and replace points or features included in selection than to try and accurately digitize around everything.

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