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It’s the Little Things – Rubber-Band Lines and Off-Screen Selection: Tuesday Tips With Lynn

Lynn Allen
May 30, 2017

I’m just bouncing off the wall this week to tell you about two small (but powerful!) AutoCAD graphics updates we’ve made in AutoCAD 2018: Rubber-band line color options, and, yes, at long last, off-screen selection. Let’s get right to it!

Rubber-Band Line Colors

Do you care about the color of the rubber-band line that stretches dynamically within the drawing area when you’re moving or copying objects?

AutoCAD Graphics Updates: Rubber-Band Line Color

Well, I care, which is why I’m excited that you can now modify it from the Drawing Windows Colors dialog (Options > Display > Colors button).

AutoCAD Graphics Updates: Rubber-Band Line Color

If only real-life rubber bands were as lovely!

Off-Screen Selection

Have you ever wanted to start a selection window in one part of your drawing–and then pan and/or zoom to another part of your drawing while maintaining the selection set? Actually, I already know the answer to that, so here’s the good news: Your wish has been granted!

AutoCAD Graphics Updates: Off-Screen Selection

Adding this functionality is easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy: Just set the SELECTIONOFFSCREEN system variable to 1, and you’re good to go!

More Tuesday Tips

Come back next week for some tips from my pal Dieter Schlaepfer on grid limits, and don’t forget to check out the full Tuesday Tips With Lynn series in the meantime.



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Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called "Circles and Lines" and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos –“Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen”. Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University®. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.