Basics of Selecting Objects

The most basic selection techniques use either the mouse, or the mouse in conjunction with a keystroke.

Bed selected in wireframe

Bed selected in smooth and shaded view


To select an object in the viewport:

  1. Click one of the selection buttons on the toolbar: (Select Object), (Select And Move), (Select And Rotate), (Select And Scale), or (Select And Manipulate).

    Alternatively, right-click in a viewport to open the quad menu, and from the Transform menu choose Move, Rotate, Scale, or Select.

  2. In any viewport, move the cursor over the object you want to select.

    The cursor changes to a small cross when it’s positioned over an object that can be selected.

    The valid selection zones of an object depend on the type of object and the display mode in the viewport. In shaded mode, any visible surface of an object is valid. In wireframe mode, any edge or segment of an object is valid, including hidden lines.

  3. While the cursor displays the selection cross, click to select the object (and to deselect any previously selected object).

    A selected wireframe object turns white. A selected shaded object displays white brackets at the corners of its bounding box.

NoteWhen you use the mouse to select overlapping objects or sub-objects, the first click selects the object under the mouse curosr closest to your point of view; the second click selects the next-closest object, and so on. If you move the mouse more than five pixels at any point in the sequence, the next click begins again with the closest object. And with the farthest object selected, clicking selects the closest object again.

To select all objects do one of the following:

To invert the current selection do one of the following:

To extend a selection:

To reduce a selection:

To lock a selection:

  1. Select an object.
  2. Click ( Selection Lock Toggle) on the status bar to turn on locked selection mode.

    While your selection is locked, you can drag the mouse anywhere on the screen without losing the selection. The cursor displays the current selection icon. When you want to deselect or alter your selection, click the Lock button again to turn off locked selection mode. The keyboard toggle for locked selection mode is Spacebar.

To deselect an object, do one of the following: