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Selecting Things

To select an on-screen element in LayOut, you just click it with the Select tool (). You can then move, resize, rotate, or otherwise edit the selection. If only changing an actual building were that easy!

Like SketchUp, LayOut has a few tricks for selecting multiple entities, too:

  • To add to the current selection, hold down the Shift key and click additional elements. (Or to remove an element that's already in the selection set, hold down the Shift key and click the element you want to remove.)
  • To select several elements at once, make a crossing selection or a window selection by clicking and dragging to create a selection box around the elements that you want to select.
  • To select several elements but avoid moving them, hold down the Alt key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac OS X) while you create a crossing or window selection.

    Tip: Here’s an example to illustrate when the modifier key is helpful. Say a filled rectangle is behind a few entities in the center of the page but also covers most of the page. In earlier versions of LayOut, you can't make a crossing or window selection to select the other entities; instead, doing so moves the background rectangle. In LayOut 2017, while you hold down the modifier key, clicking and dragging only selects entities and never moves them. This way, LayOut knows you don’t want to move the background rectangle and enables you to select items in the middle of the page.

You may be familiar with crossing and window selections from SketchUp. In a crossing selection, you click and drag from the right to the left, and anything within the box is selected. This includes elements that are only partially inside the box, as shown in the following figure.

In a window selection, you click and drag from left to right, and only elements completely within the box are selected, as shown in the next figure.

If you want a little more control as you modify selections, check out these modifier keys:

  • As mentioned earlier, you can add to or subtract from the current selection by holding down the Shift key as you click.
  • If you want to only add to a selection, hold down the CtrlOption key.
  • To only remove what you click from the selection, hold down the Ctrl+Shift keys as you click.
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