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Lets Explore the Power of Quick Select!
When you have a large drawing to work it becomes necessary that you act smart in order to remain productive and reduce your drawing edit time there are many tools in AutoCAD which will help you in becoming more productive and efficient one such tool is Quick Select which can be used not only for making selection filters but it can also be used to count number of objects of a particular type in AutoCAD.
To explain this tool I will use this sample drawing you can download this sample drawing from here.
As you can see that the drawing is very messy and cluttered with lots of circles of different radius, Dimensions, Rectangles and layers I will make a filter based upon properties assigned to this drawing let’s start with situation where we want to select all circles with a particular radius.
Go to Quick select tool on home ribbon> Utilities panel> Quick select
Or You can type Qselect or Count in command bar to invoke this tool.
In the first option you will be asked to provide the drawing from where you want to make filter select entire drawing from drop down menu ( you can also select drawing area by picking select objects tool on the right of drop down menu)
In object type selection box you will find list of all objects present in your drawing and by default Multiple is selected in drop down menu which indicates that filter is created from the entire object types, select circle from drop down menu because we need a filter related circles only.
Once you make your selection in object type selection menu the options in Properties box will change to reflect all the properties associated with circle select the property which you want to apply to your filter like in this case we need to select radius for making filter.
Now the next option is operator which will help you in selecting specific property related with your selection for example if you are looking for all circles with radius equal to 2.5 select equal in operator (=) and specify 2.5 in Value box, if you are looking for all circles with radius larger than 2.5 then select greater than (>) operator, if you want to select all circles then select All in the operator drop down menu and all circles will be selected.
Next you will find ‘how to Apply’ option select ‘include in new selection set’ radio button if you want to select the objects assigned current filter and select ‘Exclude from new selection set’ if you want to select remaining objects but not the objects of current filter, Refer image below if you miss anything.
Click on Append to current selection set if you have already selected some objects before invoking Qselect command and want to include them in your current filter.
A similar analogy can be used to make filters based upon different properties like layers, linetype, linetype scale, color etc. once you make selection in properties box all the corresponding options change to reflect only relevant values and this make your task even easier.
Counting objects Using Qselect:
You can even use this command to count number of objects in a drawing using this command, as an example if you want to count all the circles with radius 2.5 units follow the above procedure and select equal operator and enter value 2.5 and hit ok all the circles with radius 2.5 will be selected also you will find 25 objects selected appear above command box which indicates number of selected objects, refer image below. To count all circles enter zero in the value box of radius!
Thank you Jaiprakash! – Shaan
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