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AutoCAD® 2012 FOR DUMMIES® by David Byrnes

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Perfecting Selecting

When you edit in command-first mode, you have all the selection options described in the previous section — single object, window box, window polygon, crossing polygon, and crossing box — plus a slew of others. If you type ? and press Enter at any Select objects prompt, AutoCAD lists all the selection options at the command line:

Window/Last/Crossing/BOX/ALL/Fence/WPolygon/CPolygon/
    Group/Add/Remove/Multiple/Previous/Undo/AUto/
    SIngle/SUbobject/Object

Table 10-1 summarizes the most useful command-first selection options.

Table 10-1 Some Useful Command-First Selection Options

Option Description
Window All objects completely within a rectangular area that you specify by picking two points
Crossing All objects within or crossing a rectangular area that you specify by picking two points
WPolygon All objects completely within a polygonal area whose corners you specify by picking points
CPolygon All objects within or crossing a polygonal area whose corners you specify by picking points
Fence All objects touching an imaginary polyline whose vertices you specify by picking points
Last The last object you drew (whether or not it's visible in the display)
Previous The previous selection set that you specified
ALL All objects on layers that aren't frozen or locked and that are in the current space (model space or paper space)

To use any of the command-first selection options at the Select objects prompt, type the uppercase letters indicated in ...

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