Selection and pre-selection indicators

When you move the cursor over the objects in a drawing, and when you select objects, highlighting and handles provide information about the current state of the objects. These indicators can be customized in the Vectorworks preferences. See Vectorworks preferences: Interactive pane for details.


Highlighting can indicate the following information about an object in a drawing.

       Currently selected

       Currently “pre-selected” because it is under the cursor (or within the selection marquee)


       On an inactive layer

       Causing one of the displayed “snap points”

       Can be acted upon by the currently active tool

In the Vectorworks preferences, there are several options to customize the highlighting.

       The different types of highlighting can be enabled and disabled individually.

       The highlighting for selected objects can be animated.

       The timing of the highlighting for pre-selected objects can be adjusted.

       The color, opacity, and size of each type of highlighting can be adjusted.

By default, all highlighting options are enabled, and selected objects display as shown in the following illustration.


In a rendered 3D view, solid objects “occlude” or hide objects behind them. Highlighting of occluded objects is set, by default, to be less opaque than that of objects not occluded behind other objects.



In addition to highlighting, square “handles” can display on selected objects. The appearance of the handles is controlled by the Enable selection highlighting setting on the Interactive pane in the Vectorworks preferences. Also, the colors of the handles can be customized.

If selection highlighting is enabled (the default setting):

       Handles display on a selected object if the object can be edited with the active tool

       Unlocked objects on the active layer have blue handles

       Unlocked objects on an inactive layer have white handles

       Locked objects have no handles (since they cannot be edited)

       Handles can be used as reshape points

If selection highlighting is disabled:

       Handles display on all selected objects

       Unlocked objects on the active layer have blue handles

       Locked objects on the active layer have gray handles

       All objects on an inactive layer have white handles

       Some of the handles can be used as reshape points, and some cannot, depending on the object, and on which tool is active



Configuring interactive display

Selecting objects


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