Main toolbar Selection Region flyout
Edit menu Selection Region
The Selection Region
flyout gives you five different ways to select objects within a
particular area or volume. Clicking and holding on the Selection
Region button opens a flyout containing the
Region buttons, from top to bottom.
Selection Region flyout
For the first four methods,
you can select either objects that are completely within the selection
region (window method), or objects that are within or touched by
the selection shape (crossing method). Toggle between the window
and crossing selection methods by using the
toggle on the main toolbar.
NoteIf you hold down Ctrl while specifying a region,
the affected objects are added to the current selection. Conversely,
if you hold down Alt while specifying
a region, the affected objects are removed from the current selection.
The Smart Select
command activates the
and, with repeated invocations, cycles through the available Selection
Region methods. By default, Smart Select is assigned to the Q
key; you can use
to assign it to a different
keyboard shortcut, a menu, etc.
To select using a region (general method):
- Choose a Selection Region method from
- Drag in a viewport, then release the
mouse. The first location you click is one corner of the rectangle,
and where you release the mouse is the opposite corner.
If you're using
you can start dragging anywhere to select a region: on an object
or off. However, if you're using one of the transform tools, such
Select and Move
start the drag operation away from an object; that is, in an empty
part of the viewport. Otherwise, if you start dragging on an object,
most likely 3ds Max Design will assume you intend to select where you
click and will begin the transform operation immediately.
To cancel the selection,
right-click before you release the mouse.