Showing and Hiding

There are several ways to show and hide objects in the Model pane.


Shift+click an object to hide all the objects in that color group.


Alt+Shift+click an object to hide the single clicked object rather than a colored group of objects.

The “A” Key

Pressing the “A” key will cause all the objects to become visible.


The disambiguator tool (disambiguator) in the tool bar puts the mouse into a mode where a mouse click on an object will show a dialog listing all the slot & group assignments for the object. You can choose which objects to hide by group.

You can also hover the mouse over an object and press the “D” key to show the disambiguator.

Hide by Color

The Hide by Color tool (hidemode) in the toolbar puts the mouse into a mode where the objects that you click get hidden by color. The coloring scheme you use determines which objects get hidden. The Objects control set provides controls for changing the color scheme.

You can also hover the mouse over an object and press “H” to hide by color.

Hide by Rectangle

You can hold the Shift key down while dragging with the mouse to create a rectangle for hiding a range.

Show Selection Only

Click the Show Selection Only tool (showselonly) to leave only selected items visible. Or press Control+Shift+L.

Hide the Selection

Click the Hide the Selection tool (hideselection) to deselect and hide the current selection. Or press Shift+L.

Show All

Click the Show All tool (showall) or press the A key to show all the objects.

Context Menu

The context menu has:
  • a “Hide” command for hiding objects by color;

  • a “Show Hidden Zones by Color” command when you right click a face that has only of its two zones visible.


Range dialogs are available through the Range control set and through the “Use a Range…” command in the context menu. You can hide objects within a range.

Hide Faces by Plane

Zone faces can be hidden by using the toolbar, where you can set a break angle to define a plane. A tool button (hidebyseed) will put the mouse into a mode where you can click a face to hide all the faces contiguous in the same plane. Or hover the mouse over a face and press Shift+S.