Selection Tools

Parent page: Sch Commands

Examine the connectivty by selecting the connected copper.


Selection is a core capability of all design software, commonly used for everyday editing tasks such as quickly identifying objects of interest, moving objects, or deleting objects. In PCBWorks it can also be used to define a set of objects that can then be edited simultaneously, via an Inspector panel.


Selection can be performed at any time using the mouse in combination with keyboard keys, using the following techniques:

  • Left mouse click on an object to select it. With each new click any objects that were previously selected are de-selected.
  • Click and drag a rectangle to select all objects that are completely enclosed by the rectangle.
  • Shift+click to select an object while retaining previous selections.
  • Ctrl+click and drag to sub-select primitive objects that belong to a group object, for example to select pads or strings in components.

Alternatively, the following selection commands are available. To access these commands click Home | Clipboard |  to display the following menu of commands:



Find Similar Objects Select objects matching a defined template object. After launching the command, the Status bar will prompt you to choose the template object. Simply click on an object in the workspace, which can then be used to find similar objects. The Find Similar Objects dialog will appear. The dialog is divided into two primary sections; the upper section consists of a grid that lists the attributes of the template (or reference) object, and the lower section consists of a group of check boxes that define what will happen once the Apply or OK buttons are clicked. Define how each of the original object's attributes are to be used in finding other objects on the board.
Cross Select Mode This is a toggle command, select it once to enable, again to disable. When enabled, each time a component is selected in the PCB editor, the matching component is selected in the Schematic editor.
Inside Area Select design objects inside a user-defined area. After launching the command, the Status bar will prompt to define a selection rectangle. Click to define the first corner, move the mouse to size the selection rectangle and click to define the second corner. All objects that fall completely within the defined area will be selected.
All Select all design objects in the current document, including the Board Shape.
Connection Select and highlight a connection point. The rest of the schematic will be dimmed, highlighting the wiring for the selected connection and making it easily viewable and editable.
Toggle Selection Interactively select objects one by one, without losing the previous selection. After launching the command the Status bar will prompt to change any object, click on an object to change it from not-selected, to selected. Click a second time on the same object to toggle it back to not selected. Continue to click on other objects to add them to the selection set.

Selection Color

To change the default selection color, press L while viewing the board in 2D. The View Configurations dialog will open, select the Board Layers and Colors tab where the Selections color can be changed by clicking the color box.

Selecting when there are Stacked Objects

The default behavior is that when a click action is performed, the object under the cursor is selected. If there are multiple objects under the cursor, a list will appear to choose the required object.


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