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AutoCAD – Isolate Selection

Another post in the series of Isolate Selection. A friend asked me is it also possible to isolate any object in AutoCAD?

It is since AutoCAD 2011 and it was even in earlier versions of Architectural Desktop.

The ISOLATEOBJECTS and the HIDEOBJECTS commands hide specific objects.
The UNISOLATEOBJECTS command restores hidden objects .

These commands are found in the right-click menu…isolate-menu

…or near the right end of the status bar.

It is also possible to add toolbar icons allowing to isolate and end object isolation  to any toolbar with Customize User Interface window.

Information acquired from CCAD.


3DS Max – Isolate Selection

Isolate selection in another program – 3DS Max. How it works?

There is a keyboard shortcut: Alt+Q = Isolate selection

In 3DS Max 2012 and previous versions while the Isolate Tool is active, a dialog labeled ISOLATED SELECTION appears.

Exit Isolation Click to end isolation, close the dialog, and unhide the rest of the scene. The views are restored to what they showed before you chose Isolate Selection.

In 3DS Max 2013  the “isolate selection” was changed. Alt+Q toggles the isolation. Dialog window doesn’t appear and it’s impossible to use isolate selection one after another to get deeper in complex models with many objects how it was possible before.  There is also icon on the bottom of the viewports which do the same as a keyboard shortcut.

isolate selection

In 3DS Max 2014 as I heard the possibility to use isolate selection one after another was restored.

Note: Isolate Selection works only at the object level. You can’t choose it while at the sub-object level. If you go to a sub-object level while working with an isolated object, you can click Exit Isolation, but you can’t isolate sub-objects.



Sketchup – Isolate Selection

Are you missing that option in SketchupIsolate Selection. You can hide something but not the rest of the model. So good news. There is a simple plugin which adds another position in right-click menu.

You can download it from that web page or directly from here: isolateselection_1.zip

To instal any Sketchup plugin you need to copy it (extracted) to a Plugins folder in Google Sketchup main directory. Usually in Windows 7 it is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google SketchUp 8\Plugins

isolate selection

I know. My right- click menu is quite extensive 😉

They are other ways to hide automatically not edited objects.
Go to top main menu View –> Component Edit –>…

hide rest of the model