Most Onshape users are aware of the powerful Create Selection tool in Onshape, which helps you speed up your modeling workflows by automating the selection of related edges and faces. And pretty much every Onshape user is aware of the best way to quickly deselect a large number of things by simply hitting the spacebar.

This Tech Tip is a reminder that both of these actions are usable at the feature level as well, allowing you to easily add and remove these artifacts from feature dialogue.

Quickly Add Feature Selections with Create Selection 

Create Selection is a go-to tool for Onshape power users, allowing you to greatly speed up workflows throughout the modeling process.

User has right clicked, hovered over Select, and is choosing Create selection

In order to use this tool to add selections to a feature, first make sure that the target field in the feature dialogue is active. From there, simply right-click in the modeling space, hover over Select, and choose Create Selection. 

The tool offers many options for bulk-selecting faces and edges, as highlighted by this previous Tech Tip

Once satisfied, simply hit “Add selection” to include those faces or edges in the features dialogue. For even more details on the different options within Create Selection, see this Tech Tip as well!

Remove All Feature Selections with the Spacebar

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “Why am I manually removing dozens of entities from this feature?” or, “How can I clear all selections from this feature?” or, “This is Onshape, there’s got to be a better way,” then this Tech Tip was made for you.

Just like in the general modeling space, the easiest way to clear your selections in a feature dialogue is to simply hit the spacebar. Sometimes it’s best to start from scratch, and this shortcut gives you the ability to reset your features without the need for a lot of manual clicks.

This shortcut is also mentioned in this Tech Tip on useful hotkeys, as well as this Onshape Forums post.

Interested in learning more Onshape Tech Tips? You can review the most recent technical blogs here

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