Selection switches

Last updated September 24, 2020 by Tekla User Assistance

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Selection switches

Selection switches

The selection switches are special commands that control which objects and object types you can select. For example, if you select the entire model area but only the Select parts switch is active, only the parts become selected.

Click the selection switches on the Selecting toolbar to switch them on or off.

By default, the Selecting toolbar is located at the bottom of the Tekla Structures main window. If you are unable to find the toolbar, see How to restore missing toolbars.

Main selection switches

The main selection switches control whether you can select components and assemblies, or objects included in them. These switches have the highest priority.


Selectable objects



When you click any object belonging to a component, Tekla Structures selects the component symbol and highlights (but does not select) all component objects.

Component objects

Objects created automatically by a component can be selected.

Assemblies and cast units

When you click any object in an assembly or a cast unit, Tekla Structures selects the assembly or cast unit and highlights all objects in the same assembly or cast unit.

Objects in assemblies and cast units

You can select single objects in assemblies and cast units.

Other selection switches

The table below lists the remaining selection switches. Use these switches to control which object types you want to select.


Selectable objects


Any objects

Turns all switches on. You can select all object types, except for single bolts.


You can select component symbols.


You can select parts, such as columns, beams, or plates.

Surface treatments and surfaces

You can select surface treatments and surfaces.


You can select points.

Construction lines and circles

You can select construction lines and circles.

Reference models

You can select entire reference models.

This selection switch may affect the speed of zooming and rotating in the model. For more information, see Tips for large models.


You can select entire grids by selecting one line in the grid.

Grid lines

You can select single grid lines.


You can select welds.

Cuts and added material

You can select line, part, and polygon cuts, fittings, and added material.


You can select model views.

Bolt group

You can select entire bolt groups by selecting one bolt in the group.

Single bolts

You can select single bolts.

Reinforcing bars

You can select reinforcing bars and bar groups.

Pour breaks

You can select pour breaks.


You can select construction planes.


You can select distances.


You can select Task Manager tasks.

Analysis model switches

The following switches can be used to select objects in an analysis modelstructural model that is created from a physical model and used on the one hand for analyzing structural behavior and load bearing, and on the other hand for design

Analysis model can be viewed in Tekla Structures in a model view.

Analysis model that is made with Tekla Structures can be worked on in other analysis and design software or application.



Selectable objects



You can select point, line, area, uniform, and temperature loads.

Analysis parts

You can select analysis parts.


You can select analysis nodes.

Rigid links

You can select analysis rigid links.

Selection switches in drawings

Similar selection switches are available in drawings:


Selectable objects


Any objects

Turns all switches on. You can select all object types, single dimensions of a dimension set, or single grid lines of a grid.


You can select drawing objects such as lines, arcs, circles, rectangles, polylines, polygons, and clouds.


You can select any text in drawings.


You can select all kinds of marks in drawings.


You can select parts, such as columns, beams, and plates in drawings.

Section symbols

You can select section symbols in drawings.


You can select welds in drawings.


You can select drawing views.


You can select drawing dimensions. You can select an entire group of dimensions by selecting one dimension in the group.

Single dimensions

You can select single drawing dimensions.


You can select grids in drawings.

Grid lines

You can select single grid lines in drawings.

Detail marks

You can select details marks in drawings.


You can select custom plugins in drawings.

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