SketchUp Select Tool: Selecting multiple entities

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Selecting multiple entities

There are multiple ways to select multiple entities in SketchUp. These ways are:

  • Selecting multiple entities with a selection box.
  • Selecting connected entities using rapid mouse clicking.
  • Selecting connected entities using the Select context-menu item.

Selecting multiple entities with a Selection box

A selection box is an expandable temporary box used to select multiple entities. Selection box selections are useful when you want to perform a single operation on several connected or disconnected entities (the selection set). To select multiple entities:

  1. Choose the Select tool. The cursor will change to an arrow.
  2. Click and hold the mouse button a short distance away from the entities you want to select to start a selection box.
  3. Drag the mouse to expand the selection box over the elements you want to select.
    • Clicking to the right-side and dragging to the left, called a crossing selection, selects any elements within the selection rectangle, including those that are only partially contained in the rectangle. The following images show a right-to-left selection selecting two components, though none are completely within the bounds of the selection box.



    • Clicking to the left-side of the entities and dragging right, called a window selection, selects only those elements completely within the selection rectangle. The following image shows a left-to-right selection selecting one component because only one component (the left speaker) is completely within the bounds of the selection box.



  4. Release the mouse button when all of the elements are either partially included (right-to-left selection) or fully included (left-to-right selection) in the selection box.

Selecting connected entities using rapid mouse clicking

Rapidly clicking the mouse button will select one or more additional connected entities. To Select a face and its bounding edges:

  1. Choose the Select tool. The cursor will change to an arrow.
  2. Double-click on a face to select the face and all of its bounding edges. The selected entities are highlighted.

To select just a face and an edge:

  1. Choose the Select tool. The cursor will change to an arrow.
  2. Double-click on an edge to select the connected face. The selected entities are highlighted.

To select all entities connected to a single entity:

  1. Choose the Select tool. The cursor will change to an arrow.
  2. Triple-click rapidly on any entity, in a set of connected entities, to select all of the connected entities. For example, if you triple-click a face in a cube, the entire cube is selected. Selected entities are highlighted.

Selecting connected entities using the Select context-menu item

Use the Select context-menu item to select entities based on their specific relationship to the currently selected entity. To use the Select men item:

  1. Select the Select tool (Select Tool). The cursor will change to an arrow.
  2. Context-click on a single entity, such as an edge or face. The entity's context-menu appears.
  3. Select the Select menu item. A sub-menu appears.
  4. Select one of the Select sub-menu items:
    • Select Bounding Edges if you want to select all the bounding edges of a selected face.
    • Select Connected Faces to select all of the faces connected to the selected entity.
    • Select All Connected to select all entities connected to the selected entity (this is identical to performing a triple-click on the entity).
    • Select All on same Layer to select all the entities on the same layer as the selected entity.
    • Select All with same Material to select all the entities on with the same material as the selected entity.