Generally, when you make selections, you’ll follow these steps:

  1. Hide background.
  2. Make clean selection.
  3. If a clean selection isn’t immediately possible, edit out any unnecessary elements.

However, if your selection is over a larger area (e.g. a symbol with a note pointing to it), the above process could mean doing more editing than normal.

In these cases, you can use a workflow called temporary removal to isolate the symbol you need and cleanly select it without doing any manual editing.

Without temporary removal

In the below example, the “Floor lighting controller” symbol, including its note, covers a larger area, and by using the normal selection and editing process, requires a fair amount of manual editing to ensure the selection is clean.

With temporary removal

Using temporary removal, it’s possible to cleanly select the “Floor lighting controller” without doing any manual editing:

  1. Make selections of the unnecessary elements.
  2. Hide matched symbols (Shortcut = T)—this makes them unavailable for further selection.
  3. Make a selection of the symbol you intend to actually count/keep.
  4. Review that selection to check it’s clean (Shortcut = Double tap E).
  5. Toggle matched symbols back on (Shortcut = T).
  6. Open the edit window (Shortcut = E).
  7. Use the up / down arrows keys to cycle to an unnecessary element selection.
  8. Delete that selection by deselecting all elements (Shortcut = D) and then closing/saving the editor (Shortcut = E).
  9. Repeat steps 6–8 until you have removed all unnecessary element selections.

Learn more

How to: Automatically count revised drawings.

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