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Using Selection Masks

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The Mask panel in Pointwise allows a targeted entity-type based selection. In other words, it allows you to filter which entities are selectable.

Using Selection Masks

If you want to select a connector and multiple entity types are enabled in the Mask panel, as is the case here, you would notice multiple entities get highlighted when you hover your mouse cursor over the desired connector. You could click on the Spacebar to toggle through those entities until the connector was highlighted and then press the left mouse button to select it.

The mesh we have here is an excellent example of one in which there are many entities of different types - domains, connectors and blocks. You can see that having to use the Spacebar to cycle through the entities to select the one you want with such a complex grid could be tedious.

Another way of doing it would be to use the Mask panel.

  1. Uncheck all the masks except for the Connectors mask.

  2. Notice that when you hover your mouse over the entities in the Display window, only connectors are highlighted.

  3. Select the desired connectors.

  4. If you would like more advanced options for these masks, you can either press Ctrl + m, or go to Select, Mask.

    Using Selection Masks

For example:

  1. In the Connectors frame, for Domain Usage uncheck everything except for 0.
  2. Press Ctrl + a

You will notice that only one connector gets selected. That is because this connector is not being used by any domain.

For more examples of how to use the Mask panel, please refer to this DIY: Using Advanced Selection Masks.

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