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 (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:

  1. Make selections of unnecessary symbols under a new symbol description

  2. Hide matched symbols (Shortcut = T)—this makes them unavailable for further selection

  3. Make a selection of the symbol you intend to count/keep

  4. Review that selection to check it’s clean (Shortcut = E)

  5. Delete the symbol description with the symbols that were temporarily removed


Learn more

How to: Automatically count revised drawings.

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