SolidWorks 2012 – Select All

April 22, 2012 14 Comments »

Its easy to overlook some things when you are browsing a 179 page What’s New Document. This was the case for me as I was looking through the SolidWorks 2012 What’s New document. SolidWorks 2012 adds a “Select All” feature that is pretty self explanatory. This is of course one of the handiest features in Windows programs today, and it gives SolidWorks users a few more options in selecting objects in parts and assemblies

The assembly functionality is pretty straight forward. The Select All feature (available from the menu as shown below or through the keyboard shortcut CTRL+A), selects all components within the assembly. This includes the any sub-assembly within that assembly, but it only selects the sub-assembly item, not the components individually contained within.

Part files are handled a little differently with the select all command. Parts honor the current settings on the Selection Filter bar. If you have “Filter Faces” turned on, the Select All will select all the faces. If you have “Filter Vertices” turned on, the Select All will select all the vertices. You can even combine selections to get the results you want. (Although I can’t think of too many situations where I would want to do that.)

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more!

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  • Guest

    Apart from using the selection filter toolbar, if you:
    Pre-select a Vertex and then press CTRL+A (same with faces, edges etc.)
    Pre-select a dimension in a Drawing, and press CTRL+A (it’ll select all dimensions)

  • Ben Schriesheim

    Glad to see you noticed this! Although it seems like a
    straightforward enhancement, our team went
    through quite a few iterations before settling on this behavior.


    As you mentioned, Ctrl+A works differently for
    sketches, parts, assemblies, and drawings. It also respects any selection
    filters that you have set. But my favorite thing about Select All is that it automatically
    applies filters based on what the user has already selected. The
    previous commenter mentioned a couple of examples, but this actually works
    generically for almost all selection types.


    For example, if you want to remove all center marks in a
    drawing, simply pre-select one, press Ctrl+A, and hit Delete. Or if you want to
    apply a material to all faces of a part, just pre-select a face and press
    Ctrl+A. It’s essentially a shortcut for the selection toolbar.


    Ben Schriesheim

    SolidWorks User Experience

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    The assembly functionality is pretty straight forward. it is the handiest feature in windows programs today.

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