Changing Marquee Selection Modes

Reference Number: KB-00130 Last Updated: 12-23-2014 12:23 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


When I drag a marquee around a group of objects, it selects everything the marquee intersects. How can I change it so that it only selects objects inside of the marquee?


Groups of objects can be selected by holding down either the Shift or Ctrl key when the Select Objects tool is active and then dragging a marquee around the objects to be selected.

You can specify whether objects must be totally contained in or intersected by the marquee, or whether an object’s center point must be contained in the marquee, in the Preferences dialog or using the Selection Mode toolbar buttons.


Changing the Marquee Selection

  1. From the menu, select Edit> Preferences  if you're on a Windows PC or Chief Architect> Preferences  if you're on a MAC.

  2. Along the left side, select the Edit panel. 

  3. Under ­Marquee Selection, move the radio button to the appropriate setting you want.

    • Choose Select Intersected Objects to select any objects whose bounding  boxes are intersected by or located within the marquee.

    • Choose Select Contained Objects to select only objects located entirely within the marquee. This option provides the best results in most situations.

    • Choose Select Objects by Center to select only objects whose center points are located within the marquee.