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Select objects

Last updated September 10, 2018 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2018i

Select objects

Select objects

You can make single selections and area selections. Tekla Structures highlights the selected objects. The number of selected objects and handles is displayed in the bottom right corner of the status bar. For example:

Select single objects

  1. Ensure that the correct selection switches are active.
  2. Click an object to select it.

    Tekla Structures displays dimensions and dimension lines for the object.

  3. If you want to hide the dimensions, use the advanced option XS_​DISPLAY_​DIMENSIONS_​WHEN_​SELECTING_​OBJECTS.

Select multiple objects

You can select multiple objects using area selectionmethod of selecting objects that are included in a certain rectangular area of a model

In addition to the selected area, selection switches and selection filters control which object types are selected.

. By default, the dragging direction affects the selection of objects.

  1. Ensure that the correct selection switches are active.
  2. To select all objects that are completely within a rectangular area, hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse from left to right.

  3. To select all objects that are at least partly within a rectangular area, hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse from right to left.

  4. If you want to change how area selection works, click File menu > Settings and select or clear the Crossing selection check box.

    By default, the option is switched off. When the option is off , the dragging direction affects the selection of objects. When the option is on , all objects that fall at least partially inside the rectangular area are selected, regardless of the dragging direction.

Select all objects

To select all objects at once, do one of the following:

  • On the ribbon, click the down arrow next to thebutton, and then click Select all objects.

  • Press Ctrl+A.

Select previous objects

Sometimes you need to select again the same objects that you selected previously but have then deselected. To select previously selected objects, do one of the following:

  • On the ribbon, click the down arrow next to thebutton, and then click Select previous objects.

  • Press Alt+P.

Select handles

Sometimes you need to select only the handles of a part, for example when moving the part. Before you start, make sure that Crossing selection is switched off.

  1. On the File menu, click Settings and make sure that Crossing selection is switched off.
  2. Ensure that the correct selection switches are active.
  3. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse from left to right to include the entire part.

    The part becomes selected:

  4. Hold down the Alt key and drag the mouse from left to right again.

    Now only the part handles are selected:

Modify the selection

You can add objects to the current selection, or remove objects from the selection.

  1. To add objects to the current selection, press the Shift key and select more objects.
  2. To switch the selection of an object on or off, press the Ctrl key during the selection. Tekla Structures deselects the objects that were already selected and selects those that were previously not selected.
  3. To clear the selection of all objects and handles, click somewhere else. For example, click on the empty background of the current view.

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