AutoCAD Right-Click Menu — Find the Hidden Gems: Tuesday Tips with Lynn

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What’s not to love about the AutoCAD right-click menu? Simply right-click in a drawing, and a contextual menu pops up offering shortcuts that anticipate your next move. The menu content varies, of course, with the object or objects you select, or where in the drawing you click. Everyone right clicks sometimes. But if you want to become a right-clicking machine—and gain all the extra productivity right clicking provides—read on!

Select Similar

AutoCAD Right-Click Menu: Tuesday tips with LynnThe Select Similar tool enables you to quickly select objects of the same type and properties—it’s much faster than using Quick Select. You’ll find this tool in the right-click menu when you’ve selected one or more objects.

Use the Settings option to specify which properties to filter; this is available only when you enter SELECTSIMILAR from the command line.

Bonus Tip! You can select more than one object to match with Select Similar. For example, if the Layer filter is enabled and you select a circle and a line that reside on two different layers, AutoCAD will find all of the objects that match the circle AND all the objects that match the line.

Add Selected

Need to draw an object with the same type and properties as an existing one? Use the Add Selected tool to get the job done in no time! For example, select a polyline, pick Add Selected from the right-click menu and AutoCAD is ready to create another polyline with the same properties (including layer!). This is a HUGE timesaver!

Bonus tip! Add Selected is very helpful when working on other people’s drawings. For example: You can use Add Selected to quickly add in another dimension with the exact same style and settings.

Object Visibility

Control object visibility independent from layer visibility! The Isolate Objects tool (in the right-click menu) displays just the objects selected (everything else is hidden). This makes it easier to work within complicated drawings. You can use the Hide Objects tool AutoCAD right-click menu. Tuesday Tips with Lynn.(also in the right-click menu) to hide the objects selected. Quickly restore the hidden objects with the End Object Isolation tool.

The shapes icon in the lower right corner of the status bar indicates whether objects are hidden or isolated in the drawing.

AutoCAD right-click menu: Isolate Objects Status Bar. Tuesday Tips with Lynn.

AutoCAD right-click menu: Object Isolation In Use. Tuesday Tips with Lynn. Blue circle indicates that object isolation is being used.

AutoCAD right-click menu: Object Isolation Not In Use. Tuesday Tips with Lynn. All gray shapes indicates that object isolation is not in use.

Note: Use the OBJECTISOLATIONMODE (yikes!) system variable to control whether object isolation persists between drawing sessions.

Bonus tip! These tools can be VERY valuable when working in 3D!

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