Changing Marquee Selection Modes

Reference Number: KB-00130
Last Modified: July 19, 2021

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 the Shift 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.

To change the Marquee Selection mode

  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. Select the Edit panel and under the Marquee Selection section, move the radio button to the appropriate setting that you want to use.

    Edit panel of the Preferences dialog, in which the Marquee Selection mode can be changed

    • 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.

      To make marquee selection easier, you can turn off the display of objects you do not want to include in your selection.

For more information on selecting a group of objects, please see the "Group Selecting Objects" resource in the Related Articles section below.

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