How Do You Select All Objects in a Layer in AutoCAD?

In AutoCAD, selecting all objects within a layer can be a time-saving technique when you want to perform certain operations on a specific group of objects. Instead of individually selecting each object within the layer, you can use the ‘Select All’ command to quickly select them all at once.

Selecting All Objects in a Layer in AutoCAD:

To select all objects in a layer in AutoCAD, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Layer Properties Manager: Firstly, open the Layer Properties Manager by typing ‘LA’ on the command line and pressing Enter. Alternatively, you can use the ‘Layer’ button in the ‘Home’ tab of the ribbon.
  2. Choose the desired layer: In the Layer Properties Manager, locate and click on the layer containing the objects you want to select.

    The layer should be highlighted once selected.

  3. Select all objects: After selecting the desired layer, click on the ‘Select All’ button located at the bottom right corner of the Layer Properties Manager dialog box. This action will automatically highlight and select all objects within that particular layer.
  4. Perform desired operations: Once all objects are selected, you can now perform various operations such as moving, copying, deleting, or modifying them collectively.

This method allows you to efficiently manage multiple objects within a specific layer without individually selecting each one. It saves time and effort, especially when dealing with complex drawings containing numerous layers and objects.


Please note that when using this method to select all objects within a layer, it is important to ensure that no other layers are inadvertently selected or locked. This could result in unintended modifications or changes to your drawing.

By utilizing the ‘Select All’ command in AutoCAD, you can streamline your workflow and enhance productivity. It is a valuable tool that simplifies the selection process, particularly when working with multiple objects within specific layers. Incorporate this technique into your AutoCAD workflow to work more efficiently and effectively.