In a recent AutoCAD Software training program, a student asked me How to Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD. So I showed him what is called AutoCAD Select Similar Command. This Command Select Similar Mode was introduced way back in AutoCAD 2011. In this post we will look at how to make use of the Select Similar AutoCAD Command.
How to Select Similar Objects in AutoCAD
AutoCAD Select Similar Mode
The simplest way to work with Select Similar Command is to select an object and then right click and select the option “Select Similar” see image below
If you look at the above image, a circle is selected and when right clicked and after selecting Select Similar Option, we can notice that another circle too has been selected as shown below
AutoCAD Select Similar Settings
The AutoCAD Select Similar Settings can be opened when after clicking on Select Similar and later selecting settings
Select objects or [SEttings]: SE
The AutoCAD Select Similar Settings helps us to choose from Color, Layer, Linetype, Linetype scale, Plot style, Object style and Name
Using the SELECTSIMILARMODE system variable
The SELECTSIMILARMODE system variable lets you preselect which settings AutoCAD uses when you select an object and use the SELECTSIMILAR command without opening the dialog box. The value is a bitcode, which means that it is the sum of the options you choose. The default is 130, which is 2 (layer) + 128 (name).
Here are the bitcode values you can use:
|64||Object style, including text styles, dimension styles, and table styles|
|128||Name, for referenced objects including blocks, xrefs, and images|
Also learn more about Selecting Objects in AutoCAD