Creo Parametric Tip: 2D Box Selection

Starting in Creo Parametric 4.0, when using an object/action workflow, you can use 2D box selection in combination with the selection filter settings to select only items of the same type related to the active filter. In the latest versions of Creo Parametric, the 2D box selection method is an effective alternative to individual selection methods, unless the intent-based selection method is recommended.


When using 2D box selection and dragging the box from left to right, all items entirely located within the box are selected.

When using 2D box selection and dragging the box from right to left, all items touched and surrounded by the 2D box are selected.

Additionally, you can press and hold down the <CTRL> key to perform multiple 2D box selection operations. This allows you to add objects into the selection in an accumulative way.

It is notable to mention that you can remove items from the selection by pressing an holding the <CTRL> key and then clicking the individual objects.

Watch Natasha demonstrate this tip in this short video:

Additional information about this and other selection methods is taught in our Creo Parametric Introduction to Solid Modeling class.




About the Author

Natasha Reaves

Technical Training Engineer<br><br>Natasha joined the company in 2000 and has extensive experience sharing her CAD expertise through delivering webcasts, contributing to blog posts, and leading training classes. She trains end-users with all skill levels on Creo Parametric and CATIA, and she collaborates closely with the company’s technical writers on courseware development. Before joining Rand Worldwide, Natasha served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army National Guard and worked as a mechanical designer for a multinational telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and she holds certification from Dassault Systèmes as a CATIA V5 Expert Mechanical Designer and Certified Surface Design Associate.

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