General Thoughts on Using Find and Select
The Find and Select Palette is a huge time saver in selecting, editing, deselecting and isolating objects. There are several great resources out there to learn the find and select tool better. Jared of Shoegnome wrote a post for Graphisoft’s blog that gives some great advice and tips on uses for the tool.
Graphisoft help center has the definitive resource on the features of the tool. If you get nothing else from this post, read that link and learn how to store, import and export criteria. This ensures that when you have a list of criteria that effectively makes a selection you need to repeat you will have direct access to it.
Why is Saving Criteria Important?
There are many reasons you may want to store and access criteria quickly. The example I came across today, and the reason for writing this post, is as follows: For a remodel job I found myself repeatedly selecting the “new” doors. This is a relatively quick criteria to set up. When I found myself selecting all new slabs and all new exterior walls it became clear that I needed some renovation specific criteria. For a project involving no renovation filter it is certainly less of an issue, but if you need to exclude cased openings or select doors on exterior walls only or select all furniture on a specific layer you can see why having some pre-saved criteria can be a significant time savings over the length of the project.
Take some time and play around with the selection criteria, read Jared’s post and improve your efficiency. Even if you “waste” 15 minutes getting to know the find and select function better it will save you hours in the end!