Description

Pointwise supports continuous selection of any entities subject to the selection Mask (discussed below), Layers status, and Show/Hide status. Entities can be selected simply by placing the mouse cursor over the entity in the Display window or List panel and clicking the left mouse button. The entity currently under the mouse will be highlighted simultaneously in the Display window and in the List panel. Note that specific information for the highlighted entity is shown in the probe area of the Status Bar for reference. Refer to the Preferences section for information on customizing selection using the mouse.

A standard pointer cursor (left) appears over a single selectable object or a multi-pointer cursor (right) will
  appear over multiple selectable objects.
A standard pointer cursor (left) appears over a single selectable object or a multi-pointer cursor (right) will appear over multiple selectable objects.

When selecting entities in the Display window a standard pointer cursor will be seen when only one selectable object lies below the cursor. A multi-pointer cursor will be seen when multiple selectable objects lie below the cursor. In this case use the space bar on the keyboard to cycle through the selectable entities.

Use the Ctrl meta key for multiple non-contiguous selection in the Display window or in the List panel. Use the Shift meta key for contiguous selection in the List panel. See the List section for more information about selection using the List panel. Additionally, a selection box can always be used in the Display window by left clicking and dragging out a box. By default anything touching or within the box is selected. See the Preferences section for information on setting the selection box style preference. Use the Ctrl+A shortcut to select all entities currently available for selection. Use Ctrl+D to unselect all entities. See the Accelerators section for more on shortcuts.

Entity selection using a box Pointwise
Entity selection using a box.

All selection is subject to the current state of the Mask. The Mask toolbar is shown by default. A check in the check-box overlaying an entity type icon indicates all entities of that type can currently be selected. Clicking the Mask icon at the left of the toolbar will uncheck all boxes for any types currently checked. If all types are currently unchecked, clicking the Mask icon will check all boxes for all types.

All Selection
All selection is subject to the Mask.
Pointwise Mask Command
The Mask command provides finer-grain masking.

More fine-grain masking control is available via the Select, Mask command. Here you can mask separately Dimensioned and Undimensioned connectors, Structured and Unstructured domains and blocks, and various families of database entities.

When only a subset of an entity type is masked using the Mask command panel, a filled check-box will be overlaid on that entity type icon in the Mask toolbar.

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A filled overlay check-box appears for subset masking.

Demonstration

Various Selection Techniques

Using Selection Boxes Efficiently

Customizing Selection Style

Using Selection Masks

Using Advanced Selection Masks