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Revit Selection Options

There are several ways to select multiple objects in Revit – See how many you know from the list below:

1. Click on the first object and then Ctrl+click on additional elements to add to the current selection.

2. Shift+click to remove an element.

3. Draw a Selection Box by placing the cursor on one side of the elements to be selected and dragging it diagonally to form a rectangular boundary.

  • To select only elements that are completely within the boundary of the selection box, drag the cursor from left to right.
  • To select any elements that are wholly or partially within the boundary of the selection box, drag the cursor from right to left.

4. Hover over an element and press Tab to highlight connected elements, and then click to select.

5. Determine how many elements are currently selected click on the Filter tool in the Selection panel of the Modify | Multi-Select. This will indicate the total number of selected items and allow you to de-select objects that have been selected by Category.

selection options revit multi select tab

6. Pressing Ctrl+left arrow allows you to re-select the previously selected elements (or right mouse click Select Previous)

7. If the same elements need to be selected more than once, then the selection can be saved into a selection filter from the Save tool in the Selection panel of the Modify | Multi-Select.

selection options revit multi select tab save

Filters can then be recalled when required from the Manage tab> Selection> Load

selection options revit multi select tab selection load

8. Selection Filters can also have visibility parameters assigned via the Visibility Graphics dialog.

selection options revit multi select tab visibility

9. Right-click an element in any view, or a family type under the Families node of the Project Browser. Click Select All Instances, and then click Visible in View or In Entire Project.

NOTE: While using Design Options, the Select All Instances command displays as Select All Instances in Active Option, and the Visible in View/In Entire Project commands only select the elements in the current design option.

selection options revit multi select tab entire project

10. How about using Schedules... Selecting objects in a schedule, will highlight them in any view they are visible.

NOTE: From the ribbon click Highlight in Model from the Element panel under Modify Schedule Quantities.

selection options revit multi select tab highlight in model

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