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Selection Manager


The Selection Manager menu is available when you are in the Selection Manager mode. Enter the Selection Manager mode by pressing the Shift + Spacebar or you can choose Home tab→Select group→Select list→Selection Manager Mode Posted Image.

To end the Selection Manager mode, press the Spacebar.

In selection manager mode, the cursor changes to Posted Image in a part or sheet metal document and to Posted Image in an assembly document.
While in the selection manager mode, click on a face in the select set to display the selection manager menu.
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You can drag the menu to a new location to better visualize the model.

When you position the cursor over a menu option, elements in the graphics window that match the option criteria highlight. For example, if you select a cylindrical face and then position the cursor over the Concentric option in Selection Manager, any faces which are concentric to the selected face highlight so you can preview the Selection Manager criteria.
  • Deselect
    Removes the focus element from the select set.
  • Clear Selection
    Removes all elements from the select set.
  • 3D Box Select
    Specifies that you want to define a 3D box in the graphics window to add items to the select set. When using box selection, the elements which are inside or overlapping the 3D box are included in the selection.
  • Connected
    Adds faces which are connected to the focus element. You can use the flyout options to specify what type of connected elements you want to add.
    • Connected
      Adds all faces which are connected to the focus element.
    • Interior Faces
      Adds all interior faces which are connected to the focus element.
    • Exterior Faces
      Adds all exterior faces which are connected to the focus element.
  • Related Items
    Adds elements that have a persistent relationship to the focus element.
  • Sets
    Adds faces which are part of the same face set as the focus element. You can use the flyout options to specify whether system defined sets (features) or used-defined sets (face groups) are recognized.
    • System Defined Set
      Adds faces which are part of the same system defined set as the focus element.
    • User Defined
      Adds faces which are part of the same used defined set as the focus element.
  • Recognize
    Adds all faces which are part of the same feature as the focus element. You can use the flyout options to specify what feature type is recognized.
    • Feature
      Adds all faces which are part of the same feature as the focus element.
    • Rib/Boss
      Adds all faces which are part of the same rib/boss as the focus element.
    • Cutout
      Adds all faces which are part of the same cutout as the focus element.
  • Parallel
    Adds planar faces or reference planes which are parallel to the focus element. You can use the flyout options to specify what type of parallel faces you want to add.
    • Faces
      Adds all planes which are parallel to the focus element, regardless of whether they are aligned or opposing. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
    • Aligned
      Adds all planes which are parallel and face the same direction as the focus element. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
    • Opposing
      Adds all planes which are parallel and face the opposite direction as the focus element. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Perpendicular
    Adds all planes which are perpendicular to the focus element. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Coplanar
    Adds all planes which are coplanar to the focus element. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Concentric
    Adds all faces that are concentric to the focus element. This option is available only on faces that are cylinders, cones, and tori, both partial and full. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Blend Chain
    Adds faces which are part of the same blend chain as the focus element to the select set.
  • Equal Radius
    Adds faces which have a radius equal to the focus element to the select set. This option is available only on faces that are partial cylinders, partial cones, and partial tori. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Equal Diameter
    Adds faces which have a diameter equal to the focus face to the select set. This option is available only on faces that are full cylinders, full cones, and full tori. This option supports the Use Box Selection option.
  • Tangent Faces
    Adds faces which are tangent to the focus element.
  • Tangent Chain
    Adds faces which are part of the same blend chain or tangent to the same blend chain as the focus element.
  • Symmetric About
    Adds faces which are symmetric to the focus element about the same reference plane type specified. You can use the flyout options to specify what type of reference plane you want to use as the symmetry plane.
    • Base XY Plane
      Adds faces which are symmetric to the focus element about the base XY plane.
    • Base YZ Plane
      Adds faces which are symmetric to the focus element about the base YZ plane.
    • Base ZX Plane
      Adds faces which are symmetric to the focus element about the base ZX plane.
    • Local Plane
      Adds faces which are symmetric to the focus element about a reference plane you select.
  • Axis
    Adds faces which have an axis that is parallel or perpendicular to the focus element. This option is available only on faces that are cylinders, cones, and tori, both partial and full. You can use the flyout to specify whether the axis must be parallel or perpendicular.
    • Parallel
      Adds faces which have an axis that is parallel to the focus element.
    • Perpendicular
      Adds faces which have an axis that is perpendicular to the focus element.
  • Axis Aligned
    Adds faces which have a cylindrical axis that is aligned (coplanar to) the axis of the selected element along the axis you specify. This option is available only on faces that are cylinders, cones, and tori, both partial and full. This option supports the Use Box Selection Option.
    • Along X
      Adds faces which are coplanar to the axis of the selected element and the base X plane.
    • Along Y
      Adds faces which are coplanar to the axis of the selected element and the base Y plane.
    • Along Z
      Adds faces which are coplanar to the axis of the selected element and the base Z plane.
    • User-Defined
      Adds faces which are coplanar to the axis of the selected element and a user-defined plane.
  • Similar Feature
    Adds manufactured features, such as holes, that are similar to the selected feature. For example, if you have selected a hole feature, this option adds all hole features to the select set, regardless of hole size.
  • Identical Feature
    Adds manufactured features, such as holes, that are identical to the selected feature. For example, if you have selected a hole feature, this option adds all hole features to the select set that are identical to the selected hole.
  • Identical Parts
    Selects all the parts that are identical to the selected part. This option is available only when working in an assembly document.
  • Subassembly Parts
    Selects all the parts that are in the same subassembly as the selected part. This option is available only when working in an assembly document.
  • Select Subassembly
    Selects the subassembly to which the selected part belongs. This option is available only when working in an assembly document.
  • Use Box Selection
    Specifies that you want to define a 3D box in the graphics window to add elements to or remove elements from the select set. When using box selection, the elements which are inside or overlapping the 3D box are included in the selection. This option is available only for specific menu options.
  • Deselect Items
    Deselects elements that match the focus element criteria when set.
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