Status bar Selection Lock Toggle
Selection Lock Toggle
turns selection locking on and off. Locking the selection prevents
you from inadvertently selecting something else in a complex scene.
When your selection is
locked, you can click or drag the mouse anywhere in the viewports
without losing your selection. When you want to deselect or alter
your selection, click Selection Lock Toggle again to unlock the
If you want to select
something but cannot, it's frequently because you have locked your
This button is off by
To turn on (Selection Lock Toggle),
click the button (it highlights). When Selection Lock Toggle is
on, you can click anywhere in a viewport and 3ds Max Design maintains
the current selection. This is useful when you want to keep objects
selected while you make a different viewport active or when the
selection is tiny, or crowded and difficult to select.
To transform an object without touching
- Use the Selection Floater from the Tools
menu, (Select By Name) on the main
toolbar, or press the H key
to select the object by name.
- On the main toolbar, click a transform
button: (Select And Move), (Select And Rotate), or (Select And Uniform Scale)
on the main toolbar. (You can also choose a different Scale option.)
- On the status bar, turn on (Selection Lock Toggle)
or press the Spacebar to lock
the selection set.
- Drag anywhere in the viewport.
The object transforms even though you are not
To avoid accidentally canceling a selection:
- Make your object selection.
- On the status line, click (Selection Lock Toggle),
or press Spacebar to
lock the current selection.
To exit sub-object selection mode, do
one of the following:
- In the Modifier Stack display, choose
the object level.
- Open another command panel. This turns
off Sub-Object selection.
If you've turned off Sub-Object selection and
object selection is still not restored, one of the following circumstances
might be in effect:
- Your selection is locked. Turn off the
Selection Lock toggle on the status line.
- You've set the Selection Filter in the
toolbar to a specific category of object, so you can't select any
of the other categories. To fix this, choose All in the Selection