Altium NEXUS Documentation

Select

Modified by Tania Mashkoory on May 31, 2019

Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:


Applied Parameters: Scope=All

Summary

This feature is used to select all objects on the current on the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click Edit » Select » All from the main menus.
  • Use the Ctrl+A shortcut keys.
Use

After launching the command, all design objects on the current document will become selected.


Applied Parameters: Scope=InsideArea

Summary

This feature is used to select design objects within a user-defined area on the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click Edit » Select » Inside Area from the main menus.
  • Click within the workspace (away from objects), hold then drag (left to right) to define the selection area.
  • Press S in the main design window to access the Selection pop-up menu, choose the Inside Area command then drag (left to right) to define the selection area.
Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select the first corner of the selection area. Click to anchor the first corner and hold the mouse button then drag the cursor to set the selection area. All objects that fall completely inside this defined area will become selected.

Smart Drag Selection

The Draftsman editor supports drag-to-select functionality directly within the workspace. How the feature behaves and what gets selected depends on the direction in which you drag the selection rectangle:

  • Drag the selection window from left-to-right - all objects that fall completely within the bounds of the selection area will be selected. This behavior is the same as using the Edit » Select » Inside Area command.
  • Drag the selection window from right-to-left - all objects that fall inside the selection area or are touched by its boundary will be selected. This behavior is the same as using the Edit » Select » Touching Rectangle command.
Coloring is used to visually distinguish which mode of selection is being used. These are user-definable but, by default, dragging left-to-right uses a blue rectangle while dragging right-to-left uses a green rectangle.


Applied Parameters: Scope=OutsideArea

Summary

This feature is used to select design objects outside a user-defined area on the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click Edit » Select » Outside Area from the main menus.
  • Press S in the main design window to access the Selection pop-up menu then choosing the Outside Area command.
Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select the first corner of the non-selection area. Click to anchor the first corner and hold the mouse button then drag the cursor to set the non-selection area. All objects that fall completely outside this defined area will become selected.


Applied Parameters: Scope=TouchingRectangle

Summary

This feature is used to select any design objects that are touched by a user-defined rectangle on the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). 

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

The command is accessed from the Draftsman editor in the following ways:

  • Click Edit » Select » Touching Rectangle from the main menus.
  • Click within the workspace (away from objects) then holding and dragging (right-to-left) to define the selection area.
  • Press S in the main design window to access the Selection pop-up menu then choose the Touching Rectangle command.
Use

All objects that fall completely inside this defined area will become selected.

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select the first corner of the selection rectangle. Click to anchor the first corner and hold the mouse button then drag the cursor to set the rectangle area. All objects that fall inside this defined area or are touched by its boundary will become selected.

Smart Drag Selection

The Draftsman editor supports drag-to-select functionality directly within the workspace. How the feature behaves and what gets selected depends on the direction in which you drag the selection rectangle:

  • Drag the selection window from left-to-right - all objects that fall completely within the bounds of the selection area will be selected. This behavior is the same as using the Edit » Select » Inside Area command.
  • Drag the selection window from right-to-left - all objects that fall inside the selection area or are touched by its boundary will be selected. This behavior is the same as using the Edit » Select » Touching Rectangle command.
Coloring is used to visually distinguish which mode of selection is being used. These are user-definable but, by default, dragging left-to-right uses a blue rectangle while dragging right-to-left uses a green rectangle.


Applied Parameters: Scope=Toggle

Summary

This command is used to change the selection status of one or more design objects in the current Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). The command is used to change the status for one object at a time and not a group of objects simultaneously.

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman.

Access

This command is accessed from the Draftsman Editor by choosing the Edit » Select » Toggle Selection command from the main menus.

Use

After launching the command, objects that are currently selected will be deselected. Conversely, objects that are currently unselected will become selected. 

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