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    NOOB question: Can I force a crossing selection window?

    Switching from Autocad, I'm having trouble selecting objects on screen. Example: a window or crossing selection seems impossible when an image underlay fills the window. Is there a way to force Revit to select by window or crossing, as Autocad allows by typing "W" or "C" before starting a selection set? If not, any advice on working around the above example?

    #2
    Top Left > Bottom Right = Window

    Top Right > Bottom Left = Crossing

    Bottom Left > Top Right = Window

    Bottom Right > Top Left = Corssing


    You can also filter your selection by clicking on either the far bottom right filter button or the filter button on the ribbon.
    -Alex Cunningham

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      #3
      You might also want to uncheck that "Press & Drag" box in the lower right corner.
      <oversimplification> When it is checked, Revit will grab the first thing you click on.
      When Press & Drag is NOT checked, it's easier to do a crossing box.</oversimplification>

      Oh, and BTW, that other program does the same thing - left to right - Window, right to left = Crossing
      Revit actually got that from AutoCAD
      Last edited by DaveP; December 13, 2011, 06:35 PM. Reason: Oh, and BTW, that other program
      Dave Plumb
      BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

      CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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        #4
        Alex: Thank you for your answer. However, if an image is under the point where I'm trying to start a window (or any time there is a bunch of stuff close together), I can't start the window because something else is pre-highlighted and selected when I start the window. I run into this all the time and have to individually select objects instead of being able to tell Revit "I want to start a window regardless of what happens to be near the window starting point".

        DaveP: I tried your suggestion about disabling "Press & Drag". It does not keep me from selecting an image underneath my model. When Revit got the implied crossing and window selection from Autocad, they should have included the ability to force the window or crossing (or the also very useful window / crossing polygons). It sounds from the answers I've received so far that they didn't bring along that crucial bit of functionality.

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          #5
          It works for me. If I start a crossing window on top of something, yes, it pre-highlights. But, if I continue with the window without clicking again(keep holding down the mouse button), it does the crossing window. No problem.
          Dan

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            #6
            Revit regards an image or imported cad file as if it is a "sheet of paper" (the entire extents of the element) that unfortunately has a greater priority for selection than native elements. The Press and Drag feature (on) assumes that when you click on screen with the left mouse that you intend to drag whatever is highlighted immediately. When it is off you can click and drag your mouse to create a selection window more easily, but you have to select the selected element again to drag it.

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              #7
              Yup, but images are different. An imported image (jpg or something) tends to screw this up. No way around it thoug, except for manually hiding the image in view whenever possible.
              I tend to use rightclick > hide in view. Then, when I need the image to show, click on the little lightbulb on the bottom bar of your screen...
              Martijn de Riet
              Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
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              Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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                #8
                Yeah. What they said!

                Here's a little Jing video that shows how it should work (and does works on my machine)
                First I have Press & Drag on, and "Accidentally" move my logo - which is a PNG image.
                Then I Undo, turn Press & Drag off, and click on the image. Revit goes into Crossing selection mode.
                It DOES force the Crossing mode. All you have to do is select the right side of the window first.
                Notice also that the Window selection uses a solid box, while the Crossing uses a dashed line.

                Now, Crossing Polygon - there I agree with you. We do a lot of buildings with funny angles. (See my post on picking AutoCAD lines)
                Last edited by DaveP; December 13, 2011, 07:12 PM. Reason: Ah, nuts! You can't upload a .swf file. - Munk?
                Dave Plumb
                BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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                  #9
                  Ahh, didn't pick up on the fact he was talking about an image.........even though he clearly says image. :laugh:
                  Dan

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                    #10
                    Thank you all for your input. De-selecting Press & Drag helps except for the case of images.

                    Now, is there a reason to keep Press & Drag on at all? I thought I read somewhere that turning it off dramatically changes the program's behavior for the worse.

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