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Finding a symbol in a drawing.

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I'm working on a large project, and there's a symbol in the object resource browser, and in my worksheet when I do a symbol count, but I can't find it. Is there a tool to find a symbol on a drawing? Seems easy enough.



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if you add the criteria '=L' to a new column in your worksheet database header, you'll find the layer it is on. then you can use the 'custom selection' tool to snag it if you can't see it. you can also add the criteria '=C' to see the class it is in...

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Use custom selection

From Menu pull down

Organize>Custom Selection

window opens, pick "Select Only" and "Create Script", then click "Criteria"

window opens, from left field pull down to "symbol", click the browse button to right of empty field. find the symbol in the resourse browser that opens, select it, click "OK", give script a name.

Then go to layers and classes turn everything on. Set Layer and class visibility to "show snap modify". Then run the script by double clicking it. If the symbol is on a layer that has the same scale as the active layer, it will be selected. Look in the info pallet for the symbol's location- how many etc.

Make the symbol's layer active then set layer visibility to "active only" to help see it. Zoom in. The selected symbol(s) will center on the screen. With the symbol selected you'll at least be able to see its selection handles if it's behind something. If an even number of symbols have been place one on top of another, you won't see selection handles. Check the info pallet for the number selected.

If this doesn't work, set layer visibility to show snap modify, then try a layer with a different scale. I think you'll need to run the script again for each differnt scale.

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Andy you've just changed my world.


I guess it's time to start working my scripts.

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