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Region Selection

Region selection is the fastest way to select multiple objects. You accomplish this by dragging a window around the objects you want to select. Every object inside the window is selected, no matter how far away it is in space.

There are two basic methods of region selection: selection by window and selection by crossing. When you select by window, you must surround objects completely in order to select them. When you select by crossing, you need only to cross the edge of an object in order to select it.

To select a region of objects by window:

1.
Choose the Select Object tool.

2.
Set the Window/Crossing button to enable Window Selection.

3.
Drag a selection region completely around the objects you want to select (Figure 4.8).

Figure 4.8. Dragging a window selection region around some objects.


4.
Release the mouse.

The objects that are entirely enclosed by the selection window are selected (Figure 4.9).

Figure 4.9. The resulting selection includes only the two objects that were fully enclosed by the selection region.


To select a region of objects by crossing:

1.
Choose the Select Object tool.

2.
Set the Window/Crossing toggle to enable the Crossing Selection.

3.
Drag a region around or across the objects you want to select (Figure 4.10).

Figure 4.10. Dragging a selection region around and across some objects.


The objects that are crossed by the selection region are selected (Figure 4.11).

Figure 4.11. The resulting selection includes everything that was enclosed or touched by the selection region.


Tips

  • To add objects to a selection, hold down the Alt key, and drag a region around the objects you want to add.

  • To subtract objects from a selection, hold down the Alt key, and drag a region around the objects you want to subtract.


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