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AutoCAD forgets window-selected objects when zoomed off screen.

A - answer AutoCAD intentionally "forgets" (drops) window-selected objects panned off the visible view area, so that these no-more-visible objects are not included by mistake in a common editing operation (e.g. deletion).

If you are not happy with this default AutoCAD behaviour, there are several workarounds:

  • automatic viewport pan in version 2004 - drag the selection window outside the view edge
  • partial selection - e.g. use the SELECT command to window-select objects on one end of a long drawing, finish the command; switch to (with zoom, pan) the other end of the drawing on your monitor, start the requested editing command, use the "P" option to select the previously selected objects and use another window-selection to add additional objects for editing; if you have more than 2 areas, repeat the SELECT "P" procedure and add the objects sequentially
  • the Fence option - fence-selection keeps the objects selected even if they fall off-screen
  • the CPolygon (crossing polygon) option - this polygon-selection can simulate plain window-selection while keeping the off-screen objects selected
  • the QSELECT command - sequential adding of objects selected through QSELECT
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8.7.2016    2100×  
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applies to: AutoCAD · AutoCAD LT ·

See also:
Tip 11350:How to renumber Revit rooms in a given order?
Tip 11276:Inactive drawing, inactive commands after starting AutoCAD.
Tip 11234:3D relief on model surface in Autodesk Fusion 360.
Tip 11222:Directional copying of AutoCAD drawing objects.
Tip 10521:Controlling size of 3D model by changing drawing dimensions in Inventor.


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