Isolating Individual Objects

Isolating Individual Objects 061807 1749 isolatingin1Hidden for some time now in the lower right-hand corner of AutoCAD is a little light bulb. If you are like most, you have simply let this little light bulb burn –wasting electricity. At first glance it may seem a little out of place. After all light bulbs belong in the layer manager– right?

Even still – what’s up with the light bulb in the lower corner of the screen? What many seem to discount as being a status notification of some sort is in fact an actual command.

  1. Click on the Isolating Individual Objects 061807 1749 isolatingin2 located in the lower right hand corner, and select Isolate Objects.

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  2. Select the objects you would like to isolate. Objects can be on different layers.

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  3. Only selected objects are displayed after defining the selection set. Unselected objects are “turned off”.

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To turn everything back on click on the Isolating Individual Objects 061807 1749 isolatingin6 located in the lower right hand corner and select End object isolation.

***UPDATE – Thanks to Jimmys comment it has been brought to my attention that this feature is only available in the AutoCAD vertical products. What I mean by vertical products is AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, etc. ***

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Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

14 Responses

  1. I reset my acad profile and the lil light bulb disappeared. I used this tool quite frequently… anyone know how i can put it back onto my screen? Thanks!

  2. I reset my acad profile and the lil light bulb disappeared. I used this tool quite frequently… anyone know how i can put it back onto my screen? Thanks!

  3. Not to spoil Jimmy’s thunder, but he has actually developed a tool using VBA that adds the object isolation to base AutoCAD(pretty cool stuff). In exchanging e-mails with him it seems he plans to post it to his site (http://jtbworld.blogspot.com/) soon. I will be sure to update this post with a link to his.

  4. Not to spoil Jimmy’s thunder, but he has actually developed a tool using VBA that adds the object isolation to base AutoCAD(pretty cool stuff). In exchanging e-mails with him it seems he plans to post it to his site (http://jtbworld.blogspot.com/) soon. I will be sure to update this post with a link to his.

  5. I guess you are refering to ADT or ACA based verticals since it is not in vanilla AutoCAD.
    For vanilla AutoCAD I have a solution though for those interested.

  6. I guess you are refering to ADT or ACA based verticals since it is not in vanilla AutoCAD.
    For vanilla AutoCAD I have a solution though for those interested.

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