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Selection Cycling

In this tutorial I'll show you the Selection Cycling feature in AutoCAD 2006-2015.

If you've used AutoCAD for any length of time, you've experienced the frustration of trying to choose objects that are close to or on top of other objects. Selection Cycling is your answer and it's been around since AutoCAD 2006. In AutoCAD 2006, you place your cursor close to the desired object and press CTRL while clicking to cycle through all the objects passing through the pickbox.

Selection Cycling AutoCAD 2007In AutoCAD 2007-2010 the selection cycling key combination changed to SHIFT+SPACEBAR. When prompted to Select Objects, hold the SHIFT + SPACEBAR and click near the desired object. Continue clicking until the desired object is highlighted and press ENTER.

Another technique that I prefer is to turn on the Selection Preview, place the cursor over the desired object, hold the Shift key and press the SPACEBAR until the desired object is highlighted. Then click to select it.

Selection Cycling AutoCAD 2011
AutoCAD 2011 added the Selection Cycling tab to the Drafting Settings window (Type DS+ENTER in the command window).

To enable Selection Cycling you check the box labeled Allow selection cycling. When turned on an icon resembling two sheets of paper is displayed.

Here you can choose to enable the Selection Cycling list box, control its position and distance related to the cursor or make it static in a fixed location and show or hide the title bar.

Selection Cycling AutoCAD 2015

A Selection Cycling icon is available on the Status Bar in AutoCAD 2015 to turn it on and off. Right-click on the Selection Cycling icon to quickly access the Selection Cycling tab in the Drafting Settings window. Objects are highlighted when you hover over the item in the list box. Each object's color is displayed in a swatch to help you differentiate between like type objects. Click the list box item to choose the desired object.

Thank you for reading this tutorial on Selection Cycling.