How does hiding symbols help?

Hiding symbols you have already counted helps in the following ways:

  1. Making selections becomes easier because the symbols you’ve already counted (and their elements) are no longer available for selection if they are hidden. This helps in a similar way to hiding drawing backgrounds.
  2. It allows you to see, at a glance, how many symbols remain to be counted and quickly focus on counting those, without other already counted symbols in the way.

How can I hide counted symbols?

  1. Ensure you have a project and drawing loaded
  2. Ensure you are on the “Count” tab at the top left of the page (shortcut to cycle through tabs = W)
  3. Ensure you have made some symbol selections already
  4. Click the “Toggle all” button (Shortcut = T) at the top of the symbol list

Selectively hiding symbols

It’s possible to selectively show and hide specific symbols using the checkboxes to the left of each symbol description (see below). This is useful when you want to have some already counted symbols available for selection, but not others.

Power search + selective hiding of symbols

It's possible to use the power search field (Shortcut = F) to filter down the list of symbol descriptions, and then use a special keyboard shortcut (Shift + T) to selectively show / hide only filtered symbol descriptions.

For example, if you wanted to show only the light fittings on a project (and hide everything else), provided you've named them in such a way which allows you to filter them down, you can then use Shift + T to show / hide just those light fittings.

In the clip above, you can see all symbol descriptions are first hidden, using the toggle all control.

Then, the list of symbol descriptions is filtered down using the "Type" keyword, which matches a number of symbol descriptions in the list.

Finally, the keyboard shortcut "Shift + T" is used to toggle back on only the symbol descriptions with "Type" in their name.

Learn more

How to: Delete a symbol selection.

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