How Do You Deselect in AutoCAD?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have accidentally selected something in AutoCAD and want to quickly deselect it? Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to deselect objects in AutoCAD.

Deselecting using the Escape key

If you have just finished selecting objects and want to deselect them all at once, simply press the Escape key on your keyboard. This will immediately clear the selection and return to the default state.

Deselecting individual objects

If you want to deselect specific objects from a selection set, there are several methods at your disposal:

  • Window method: To deselect objects using the window method, click and drag from left to right or right to left over the objects you want to exclude from the selection set. Once you release the mouse button, only the objects inside the window will remain selected.
  • Crossing method: Similar to the window method, but in this case, click and drag from right to left or left to right over the objects.

    Once again, only the objects that are crossed by the selection area will remain selected after releasing the mouse button.

  • Select individual object: To deselect an individual object from a selection set, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click on that specific object. The object will be deselected while other selected objects remain intact.

Deselecting with commands

In addition to using keyboard shortcuts and mouse actions, certain commands can also help you in deselecting objects:

  • LAYISO command: This command allows you to isolate selected layers and objects. By running the LAYISO command and selecting the objects you want to isolate, you can exclude them from the current selection set.
  • QSELECT command: The QSELECT command enables you to fine-tune your selection by specifying criteria such as object type, color, layer, etc. This can be useful when you want to deselect objects based on specific properties.


Deselecting objects in AutoCAD is an essential skill that can save time and improve your workflow. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or commands, understanding these methods will allow you to efficiently manage your selections and work more effectively in AutoCAD.

Remember to practice these techniques regularly, as they will become second nature over time. Happy designing!