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Selection switches

Last updated March 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017

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.

Switch

Selectable objects

Description

Components

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.

Switch

Selectable objects

Description

Any objects

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

Components

You can select component symbols.

Parts

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

Surface treatments and surfaces

You can select surface treatments and surfaces.

Points

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.

Grids

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

Grid lines

You can select single grid lines.

Welds

You can select welds.

Cuts and added material

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

Views

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.

Planes

You can select construction planes.

Distances

You can select distances.

Tasks

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.

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Switch

Selectable objects

Description

Loads

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

Analysis parts

You can select analysis parts.

Nodes

You can select analysis nodes.

Rigid links

You can select analysis rigid links.

Selection switches in drawings

Similar selection switches are available in drawings:

Switch

Selectable objects

Description

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.

Lines

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

Text

You can select any text in drawings.

Marks

You can select all kinds of marks in drawings.

Parts

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

Section symbols

You can select section symbols in drawings.

Welds

You can select welds in drawings.

Views

You can select drawing views.

Dimensions

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.

Grids

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.

Plugins

You can select custom plugins in drawings.

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