Selecting Certain Text Items Without Selecting Others

Reference Number: KB-00722 Last Updated: 10-30-2014 01:21 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I am trying to select a number of text objects but I keep getting my room labels. How can I select certain text items without selecting other items?


Selecting only the objects you want can be done by choosing the parent or child tool related to the object, holding down the Shift key, and dragging a marquee around the text. The marquee will only select the objects that pertain to the parent or child tool that was chosen. 

To limit your selection to only text items

  1. Click on the Text Tools  parent tool.

  2. Next choose one of the child tools.

    • If you want to select text only, choose the Text  child toolbar button.

    • If you want to select rich text only, choose the Rich Text  tool.

    • To select text and arrows select the Leader Line  toolbar button.

    • If you want to only select arrows select the Text Line with Arrow  toolbar button.

  3. Next, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, then click and drag a marquee or box around the text you want to select.

  4. Depending on your choice in step 2, you have selected only text items, rich text items, leader line items, or only arrows.


    Using layer sets and the selective filtering of the text tools allows great flexibility in editing your text and speeds the creation of your plans.

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