Generally, when you make selections, you’ll follow these steps:
However, if your selection is over a larger area (EG: 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:
Make selections of unnecessary symbols under a new symbol description
Hide matched symbols (Shortcut = T)—this makes them unavailable for further selection
Make a selection of the symbol you intend to count/keep
Delete the symbol description with the symbols that were temporarily removed
How to: Automatically count revised drawings.