There are dozens of ways to make selections (of tools and placed elements) in ArchiCAD, and some are better for certain functions or results. Some of the key methods of selecting elements are:
- Find & Select or Find & Select on BIM Engine
- Arrow tool
- Select All
- Comm + A to select all in current view
- Comm + A with a tool selected in the toolbox to select all elements of that type in the current view
- Filter & Cut Elements
There are many combinations of each of the selection methods listed above that can improve efficiency in editing elements too.
Example 1: use the Filter and Cut Elements In 3D settings to isolate out just windows and doors in 3d, then use Find & Select to further isolate only widows of a certain size or location for editing will quickly narrow down for global changes to these windows only.
Example 2: Use the Filter & Cut Elements option to isolate a range of stories of the model in 3D, then use the Eyedropper to activate the Object tool, then use a Select All to select the objects visible in the 3D window.
This may seem like a lot of steps, but when used efficiently it is a huge time savings over tediously trying to track down specific elements, or selecting one at a time or even in small groups. Here is a quick (±8 minute) video of some of the features listed above