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Avoid reselecting objects in editing commands that go wrong

Have you ever had an editing operation go wrong? You know, you select the objects and move them, but AutoCAD snaps to the wrong location and now they’re all in the wrong place.

Or have you selected some objects, and moved them, only to find that you moved more objects than you want to — or left some behind?

Of course, this happens to all of us.

Brian Glover offers this time-saving tip and it works for all releases of AutoCAD as far back as I can remember.

Undo the command (Ctrl + Z is the easiest way).

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Restart your editing command.

At the Select objects: prompt, type p and press Enter. You’ll have the same objects selected again.

If your objects ended up in the wrong place, just be more careful this time when choosing the destination.

If you left out objects, just select them now. If you included too many objects, press Shift and left-click (pick) them to remove them from the selection set.

You can retrieve previous selection sets for COPY, MOVE, STRETCH, ROTATE, SCALE, MIRROR and DRAWORDER. Let me know if it works for other editing commands–leave a comment!

6 comments to Avoid reselecting objects in editing commands that go wrong

  • Hans Graveman

    NIFTY

  • frank de brouwer

    don’t know what’s new about this tip, because it doesn´t work: after an undo/command, restarting your initial command and then entering p (previous) you get: no previous selection set. This is the case in all releases of autocad as far back as i remember.

  • DerpyFacey

    This is by far the most useful hidden feature I’ve come across yet – I can’t count the number of times I would have used this in previous drawings. Thanks for the tip Brian!

  • Mac Demers

    To Franks comment, it does work, but sometimes it does not and I can figure out why, It may have to do with basepoint selection, see command history I performed below

    MOVE
    Select objects: Specify opposite corner: 7 found

    Select objects: Specify base point or displacement: Specify second point of
    displacement or :
    Command: u
    MOVE
    Command: m
    MOVE
    Select objects: p
    7 found

    Select objects: *Cancel*

    Command: m
    MOVE
    Select objects: Specify opposite corner: 9 found

    Select objects: Specify base point or displacement: Specify second point of
    displacement or :
    Command: u
    MOVE
    Command: m
    MOVE
    Select objects: p
    No previous selection set.

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  • TATYANA

    THANKS A LOT. AFTER 5 YEARS OF HARD WORK I GOT THAT!!!!!

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