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
- Click on the Area Select button.
- Within the viewport, left-click around the items you want to select to create a highlighted selection area.
- Right-click to finish your Area Select.
- 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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